In today’s Christian Science Monitor, there’s and article by Brian Wise on the issues of Digital Rights Management, or DRM, and of the desire by classical music fans for hi-fidelity downloads instead of lossily compressed .mp3 files. But he makes a claim which just doesn’t seem to add up:
“By removing the layer of software known as digital rights management, or DRM, customers can not only play their music on any device they choose (PCs, Macs, and iPods), but they also may stand to benefit from improved sound quality. . . Industry figures are hopeful that dropping copy protection – thus allowing for big, clear-sounding and noncompressed audio files – will generate even stronger interest in classical downloads. ”
Why would there be any correlation between the use of DRM and the fidelity of the recording? Surely DRM can be applied to any sort of file you want to apply it to, including non-compressed or losslessly compressed files.
I’m all in favor of both the elimination of DRM and of making high fidelity recordings available for sale on the web, but I don’t see how they’re related, and an article like this is only going to confuse the public about the issues. Unless, of course, I’m the one who’s confused and there really is a legitimate link. Anybody know something I don’t know?