DRM musings 

it suddenly occurs to me that the push to abandon the 3.5mm audio jack could, in part, be an effort to close the analog hole.
Right now, you can take any device with a headphone jack, plug it into a laptop with a microphone jack via a plug-to-plug audio cable, and obtain a decent-quality DRM-free reproduction no matter how encumbered the source file or player happens to be.

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Try doing that again in 5-10 years when all headphones only have digital interfaces and all players only accept Approved accessories.
Sure, DACs with standard output connectors are easy to come by now, but if the industry is successful in shifting focus to fancy digital accessories, that might not be so in a few years.

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@diodelass I feel like that this requires a lot of cross-industry goal coordination, IMO the more likely reason for things like this is that every hardware manufacturing company hopes they will be the winners and gain the near-monopoly this type of DRM allows them to enforce
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@elomatreb @diodelass hence why we must strip DRM of its legal Protections in the US and anywhere else that has a similarily dumb law

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@DJWalnut @diodelass The type of monopoly building I'm thinking about doesn't necessarily need legal protection, if you offer e.g. better integration between devices at the cost of vendor lock in it still works (the Apple model)
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