Microsoft DRM Extended to Palm OS

A small developer called Normsoft has released a Palm app that can play files protected with Microsoft’s Janus DRM. allowing for compatibility with services like Napster to Go, Yahoo Music Unlimited and Real Rhapsody.

It’s another interesting development that furthers the belief that Microsoft may end up dominating the portable and mobile music market, thanks to its willingness to license its technology, even to the likes of rival mobile OS developer Nokia. This stands in stark contrast to Apple’s strict control of the FairPlay DRM it uses, and so far sharing the technology only with Motorola. Microsoft’s main role is as a technology provider, where as Apple wants to both supply the technology and be the sole content provider — a relationship that will be hard to successfully maintain in the mobile world.

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