One of the big reasons the iPod took off is because of Napster and other file-sharing services. People suddenly had huge collections of digital music on their computers, but no easy way to take it with them when they left the house.
Now it appears Steve Jobs himself once agreed with the thinking behind the French law, which is to protecting consumers’ right to move content they buy from one device to another.
In a 2002 interview with the Wall Street Journal, reprinted in part at Macworld, Jobs said:
“If you legally acquire music, you need to have the right to manage it on all other devices that you own.”
Compare that to what French lawmakers had to say this week:
“The consumer must be able to listen to the music they have bought on no matter what platform,” Martin Rogard, an adviser at the French Culture Ministry, told the Financial Times.
Image courtesy of wpc-fr.net.