Time Magazine has published an interview with Apple CEO Steve Jobs, which is available online.
The interview follows Jobs' announcement on Monday of the iTunes Music Store, new iPods and iTunes 4.0.
On digital-music piracy, Jobs tells the magazine: "We've been against stealing music since the beginning. We own a lot of intellectual property. Most competitors don't, but we do. We're not happy when people steal."
Discussing the currently US-only service itself, Jobs explains: "We've now built the first real complete ecosystem for the digital music age. We've got a way to buy music online legally that's fantastic - it's better than any other way to acquire music."
Jobs discusses the way the service works - its stability and elegance, and the unique features available to US music buyers. Apple is expected to roll out the service to new territories "in the coming months", as it reaches agreements with labels and copyright organizations in different regions.
Apple's CEO dismisses existing subscription-based services as "failed", singling out the Rhapsody service (recently-acquired by Real Networks) for particular criticism. "We make stuff, put it out there, and people use it," he observes. "We've been leading the revolution," he added, referring to the transformation of Macs into digital hubs.
Asked if the service would spawn imitators, Jobs says: "I don't think this is going to be so easy to copy."
He also discusses Apple's negotiation with the record labels. Macs are prevalent in the music industry, which sees Apple as a credible, artist-friendly company. "We were able to negotiate landmark deals," Jobs explains.
Looking at expansion of available content through the service, Jobs said: "Now we're really going to have time to focus on a lot of the independents, and that will be great."