You may have heard: France has drafted a law that would require Apple Computer to break open its iTunes music store and iPod players so that rivals can offer compatible services and players.
There has been a lot of hoopla.
But check out what Babak Nivi (a venture capitalist with Bessemer, but who is on temporary assignment helping out Songbird in biz dev) dug up and posted on his blog:
In 2002, Steve Jobs said, “If you legally acquire music, you need to have the right to manage it on all other devices that you own.”
In 2006, France said, “The consumer must be able to listen to the music they have bought on no matter what platform.”
Sounds like Steve agrees with France.