Music Subscriptions, DRM, and iPods: Music producer and would-be savior of the record industry Rick Rubin, in yesterday’s New York Times Magazine:
Quoted already in my earlier post on this topic.[...] But here’s the problem with subscription-based music: you can’t have it without DRM. Because without DRM, what’s to stop someone from subscribing for one month, downloading every song they might ever want, then unsubscribing but keeping the music? And the thing with DRM is that people hate it, because it restricts what they can do and where they can play their music. To argue that subscriptions are the future of music is to argue that DRM is the future of music, and the evidence points to the contrary. (Via Daring Fireball.)
Exactly. It's not only wasteful and impractical as I noted before, it's also anti-user.