So “Fairplay Version 3” apparently has the ability to handle expiring content. If I had to hazard a guess, I’d say that Apple could, if they wanted, apply the same expiration logic to music. Steve Jobs has repeatedly stated that customers don’t like to rent their music, and the relative success of online music sellers (e.g. iTunes, Amazon, eMusic) as opposed to renters (Rhapsody, etc.) would seem to bear that out.
Still, it’s an interesting new wrinkle.
When a shepherd goes to kill a wolf, and takes his dog along to see
the sport, he should take care to avoid mistakes. The dog has certain
relationships to the wolf the shepherd may have forgotten.
— Robert Pirsig, “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”