You know, just about everyone is free to join the hue and cry against the DRM software that Sony BMG was installing on computers until the bloggers and feds shamed them into stopping, but when the CEO of the greatest example of bloatware and computer hijacking in the history of software starts adding his two cents I start feeling like defending Sony.
In this article in USA Today, Rob Glaser, CEO of RealNetworks says (talking about iTunes):
“Consumers should say, ‘Apple, we won’t buy your music until you make your DRM interoperable.'”
Never, ever have I experienced anything (including DRM and the BSOD) as irritating as all of the crap that RealNetworks software installs on your computer. I am still getting these little pop-up messages from RealNetworks on my downtown office computer, and I have no idea how to get rid of them. In fact, I’d rather not hear something than have my computer overrun with RealNetworks software and messages and whatnot just because I try to install Real Player.
And don’t even get me started about how RealNetworks ruined Rhapsody by buying it. Or how you have to call a number to cancel your subscription.
I’m not a big fan of RealNetworks, in case you can’t tell.