The RIAA is responding to Apple CEO Steve Job’s call for major record labels to drop their content protection for digital music.
Mitch Bainwol, chairman and chief executive of RIAA, said doing so would eliminate technology barriers that prevent listeners from buying songs at Apple’s iTunes Music Store and playing them on a device other than an iPod.
“We have no doubt that a technology company as sophisticated and smart as Apple could work with the music community to make that happen,” said Bainwol in a statement, the Associated Press reported.
In a message posted on the Apple Web site, Jobs said software to protect music from piracy doesn’t work.
The issue could affect HD Radio as receiver makers hope to add store and replay features to IBOC radios by year-end.