#5 - AMAZONMP3 and the Death of DRM!
DRM has been dying a slow death...but its dying. That alone was worth cheering about in 2007. With Amazon.com's unveiling of AMAZONMP3, the world of online music continued its rotation back to warming rays of light and away from the darkness that is DRM-locked music. EMI and Universal Music Group and Warner have been off the DRM train for a bit and now SONY/BMG has announced that it too will bury the cursed "feature."
Oh yes...this is good stuff. The dominos are falling and soon iTunes will have little choice but to let DRM go. iTunes is said to have something like 80% of the music download market, but if they hold onto their little idol of DRM, that stat won't hold for long. Steve Jobs has said that they will happily embrace a world without DRM...let's see how much he meant it.
Amazon's annoucement followed by Sony/BMG (I know. Sony's annoucement came in Jan. 08), is some of the best news of 2007...and we will see the repercussions long into 2008 and beyond.