In article <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>,
Alan Olsen <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> How much would digital out jacks cost?  $1? $2? $5?

In consumer electronics, which is a world where a cassette walkman can
sell *at retail* for $5, that is a lot of money.

> The market has nothing to do with the situation.  This is a case where no
> one wants to be the first to stand up and get their corporate heads blown
> off.

The market never has nothing to do with the situation; it is only a
question of how much.  In this case, the manufacturers of MP3 players
have determined the increased product cost plus the legal risk are not
justified by the premium consumers (in the aggregat) are willing to
pay for a digital output jack.  If there were large amounts of money
to be made by selling a player with this feature, the manufacturers
might be willing to budget for the legal fight.

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