Is the 'digital home' a pipe dream?

Donovan, John
October 2005
Portable Design;Oct2005, Vol. 11 Issue 10, p2
The article discusses the competition among consumer electronics, computer and cable companies in the United States in their vision of digital home. This is the idea of technology which is wirelessly networked together and connected to the Internet. But the industry is a long way off from interoperability. This is evidenced by the use of their own music formats by Microsoft and Apple, which makes it difficult for the consumer to buy content from one vendor, and use it on the hardware or software of another vendor. The pursuit of proprietary hegemony while continuing to preach interoperability, can scare off consumers who only want to listen to digital music without the challenges of compatibility issues.


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