Brier Dudley over at the Seattle PI has an article concerning Steve Jobs recent attitude. Here's what he has to say about the now infamous memo:
"It was a clever way to repurpose legal work. It curried favor with DRM-hating consumers and positioned him as an instigator. But music companies were already thinking about new approaches, such as selling copyable songs in lower fidelity MP3 formats."
While Brier is pretty negative about the whole thing, Steve's timing was very suspect. The fact that one of the most closed companies is arguing for open licensing is pretty humourous. Jobs has also opposed licensing Apple's software or products, now he's arguing for the record companies to do so.
This is a smart move overall though. EMI is now reporting it's considering going DRM free, and Jobs is taking the credit! Wow.