Monday, November 13, 2006

Universal Music Boss: Your mp3 player is full of swag

Why would you bother buying Universal artists tracks for your mp3 player? UMG chairman/CEO Doug Morris basically says your iPod, your Rio - yes, even your PlaysForSure Microsoft DRMed machine - is little more than :

"These devices are just repositories for stolen music, and they all know it. So it's time to get paid for it."

The only fine, upstanding citizen, of course, is the Zune, which Universal gets a cut of sales from. And since nobody has a Zune yet, if you have an mp3 player, Universal Music Group believes you're a thief.

Has any industry ever treated its customers with such contempt while remaining so successful?