[Web4lib] RE: Overdrive

Mark Ellis mark.ellis at yourlibrary.ca
Tue May 23 18:20:54 EDT 2006

If Audible were to add expiration to their DRM scheme, they could be back in
the library market and cross platform to boot, but I assume they have their
reasons for choosing not to--content licensing issues perhaps?

Mark Ellis
Manager, Reference and Information Services
Richmond Public Library (BC)

-----Original Message-----
From: Darci Hanning [mailto:hanning_darci at oslmac.osl.state.or.us] 
Sent: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 1:42 PM
To: Hankinson, Andrew
Cc: web4lib at webjunction.org
Subject: Re: [Web4lib] RE: Overdrive

Well, it must be possible to work out some kind of deal because Audible.com
offers DRM'd content for the iPod.



Hankinson, Andrew wrote:
> As it stands now, yes, it is highly unfortunate that Apple does not 
> allow 3rd-Parties to use their DRM system, but I think that is more a 
> reaction of a threat to their core hardware business rather than 
> anything malicious.  If they did open up Fairplay, someone would come 
> along and make a cheaper "iPod", use up Apple resources in the 
> software (iTunes / iTMS), and Apple would be facing the same situation 
> they faced in the 90's with the Clone makers - everyone uses their 
> software, but their system depends on them making money on the hardware.
> The new reality of the popularity of the iPod as a ubiquitous media 
> player was something that nobody (not even Apple!) really saw coming.
> (They've even integrated them with running shoes!!! -
> http://www.apple.com/ipod/nike/) I'm therefore not surprised that they 
> seem to be taking the process of opening up to 3rd parties very slowly.

Darci Hanning
Technology Development Consultant
Library Development Services
Oregon State Library
250 Winter St. NE
Salem, OR  97301
darci.hanning at state.or.us

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