Trade group for major labels says Apple should open its technology |

Trade group for major labels says Apple should open its technology

LOS ANGELES – Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs challenged major record labels to strip copying restrictions from music sold online, but their trade group fired back Wednesday, suggesting the company should open up its anti-piracy technology to rivals instead.Doing so, argued Mitch Bainwol, chairman and chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America, would eliminate technology hurdles that prevent music fans from buying songs at Apple’s iTunes Music Store and playing them on devices other than the iPod.”We have no doubt that a technology company as sophisticated and smart as Apple could work with the music community to make that happen,” Bainwol said in a statement.In an essay posted on the Cupertino-based company’s Web site Tuesday, Jobs called on record labels to abandon their requirement for online music to be wrapped in Digital Rights Management, or DRM, technology that prevents unauthorized copying.The DRM protections prevent the iPod from playing music bought from many other competing online stores.Jobs said eliminating such restrictions would open up the online music marketplace.

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