Warning: This entry has nothing to do with music!
I listen to audio books
. I listen to short stories in audio format
. I listen to podcasts. I did listend to This Week In Tech
(TWiT). I will listen to TWiT no more.
TWiT is a IT technology weekly podcast that tends to be light on content and heavy on cranky rants. I did found it mostly entertaining and some time informative, and Cory Doctorow
was a guest panelist more then once, so they can't be all bad.
However, episode 97 was the last one I would listen to. On this one Leo Laporte
gave a plug for audible.com.
I have no problem with Leo making a living, and I am happy he can find sponsors to support his netcast (Leo's term for podcast). I understand and tolerate the ads he inserts into the file.
I have, however a problem with the way Leo presented the promotion. He weave that into the podcast, as if it was his own recommendation, and only when it was all done he said, "hey, that was our ad".
So I went to the URL he gave, but on a hunch, before giving away my e-mail address, started poking around. It was not obvious but reading through the site, I have discovered to my shagrinn that audible.com is a DRM
Here what I told them:Although I am an audience for audio books, and willing to pay for a quality product, I refuse to support any DRM encumbered product. It seems that you are aware that DRM is not desired by your customers, so you try to hide this fact, or at least not present it clearly. I have figured out that you require your customers to use DRM from the system requirements and by drilling down in your help system.
I will not give up my freedom and rights that easily. You will not have my business until you fix this issue, and abolish this anti consumer technology. Until that time your product is defective by design, and I will have no part in it.
I understand that there is stupidity and evil in the world. If there wasn't DRM would have never been conceived. However I have placed my trust with Leo. I know Leo know about DRM. After all he has spoke with Cory Doctorow. Leo said more then once that he think DRM is not smart, but when he suggested I will use the services of audible.com, he didn't say, "Oh, by the way, this is a DRM shop".
So the ad he sold was very effective, however, he spent all his woofie
on it. So, for me the TWiT mantra for "Netcast you love from people you trust" is no longer true.
Thanks for reading,
I would have loved to say this directly to Leo instead of bloggin about it, but it seems that I need to jump through too many hoops just to be able to post it on TWiT, so I use this journal as my soap box.
Links:Leo LaporteLeo Laporte and the TWiTs