Jeff Bezos looks like he will be very busy in the next couple months. First, they are opening a DRM free music store this fall. Why is this a good idea? This is something that I feel that the record companies, movie studios, and television studios don’t get…give consumers music, movie, and television downloads in a flexible format that lets them decide what they want to do with it and they will buy. Why do they think a lot of people illegally download this stuff? Yes, they can get it free, but it also allows them to use it as they see fit. I believe that is a big plus. When people buy CDs and DVDs, they can play them as long as they have some kind of player. Why must I buy your specific product or program (hello…iTunes) to play the music I download from you? Why can’t I play it anywhere? What’s the big deal? These things go obsolete all the time and then you are stuck with a bunch of music or movies that can no longer be played on the obsolete product or program. A waste. I hope Amazon is successful…although, the article state that not all of the record companies have signed on yet.
And, Amazon has their own electronic book reader called the Kindle coming out this fall. I would LOVE to get one of these. You don’t have to keep buying books and it is portable…great! I always feel, though, I will want to buy a book that is not available on the reader. It sort of defeats the purpose. What is I want to read a book that was published in 1992? Will it be offered? This is a big handicap…in my opinion. Once again, I hope they are successful, but we will see.