I am of the opinion, and have been for some time now, that the record companies are going to start abandoning DRM technology. I am also of the opinion that we need, and will get, a means of attaining blanket licenses to cover music downloads, as well as a reasonably elegant system for paying royalties.
Not unless it's from their cold dead hands. This is a war that's been waging since the late 80s. The music companies are fully aware of what Steve is doing and are not going to play into his hands. He's just trying to use the public as his negotiating lever, but that hasn't been successful in any other way. People still spend billions of dollars a year on overpriced ceedees. The labels are COUNTING on the revenue streams from a DRM'd world for their survival. Their shareholders will demand it.
RE: Steve Jobs - Thoughts on Music