Amazon Buys Audible, Promises to Kill DRM if we Complain

Amazon’s just bought audiobook provider Audible, the exclusive provider of audiobooks to iTunes, Amazon’s rival for audio downloads. Even though Apple says it prefers that its suppliers deliver non-DRM media (and even though Audible’s DRM does nothing to prevent piracy), Audible has a mandatory DRM policy for the books it sells. That is to say, even if they author doesn’t want DRM on his or her books, Audible will only deliver those books with DRM on them. As part of the deal, an Amazon spokesman said: Audible’s audio books are wrapped in a layer of DRM, which Amazon does not plan to remove unless customers start to complain — via Boing Boing

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