Betanews reports about a possible break which could force Apple to open up its proprietary iTunes DRM model [link betanews]. iTunes is one of the most popular models for buying music on line. The biggest problem with the model is that Apple has made sure that music bought on iTunes can only be played on Apple equipment. With the recent introduction of all kind of home media equipment around the iPod, Apple has been trying to extend that lock in.
With the French move it could be that we can finally see Apple, but also Microsoft and the whole Music industry, be forced to use ‘open standard’ and to allow users who bought music to use it on any equipment they own. So playing your music on your PC, MP3 player, CD player, Car Stereo, etc.