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Old 08-17-2008, 10:00 AM
Adam Krebs
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Default The Online Music Ripoff

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.pcpro.co.uk/features/218559/the-online-music-ripoff/page1.html' target='_blank'>http://www.pcpro.co.uk/features/218...poff/page1.html</a><br /><br /></div><p><span>"</span><em><span>Why is DRM so contentious? Surely it's designed to protect the rights of artists and record companies in a climate where, as one international music industry body claims, illegal downloads swamp legitimate music store downloads by a ratio of 20 to 1? The problem is DRM doesn't affect the pirates, who upload and download DRM-free files often ripped directly from CD. Instead, it affects legitimate buyers in a range of deeply irritating ways. </span></em><span><em>The first roadblock comes down to Gates' talk of "simplicity" and "interoperability", or rather the lack of both</em>" </span></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/zt/auto/1218960217.usr495.jpg" border="1" /></p><p>I think most people who know anything about DRM hate it. They hate dealing with the limitations of the technology, both intentionally built-in or as a direct result of poor technical planning/implementation. Unlike a good protection scheme which is invisible to the end user, DRM is too limiting to the average customer, and does nothing to stop hardcore music pirates. Plus, when a <a href="http://www.digitalhomethoughts.com/news/show/88952/the-day-the-msn-music-died.html" target="_blank">store</a> <a href="http://www.digitalhomethoughts.com/news/show/90108/yahoo-music-to-reimburse-for-drm-d-music-when-site-shuts-down.html" target="_blank">goes</a> <a href="http://forums.thoughtsmedia.com/f5/mtv-closing-urge-merging-rhapsody-22907.html" target="_blank">down</a> and its licenses stop renewing, the customer is the real loser. Sure you can burn your songs to a CD and re-rip them (or do it <a href="http://www.digitalhomethoughts.com/news/show/29915/convert-your-drm-d-music-with-soundtaxi-platinum.html" target="_blank">virtually</a>), but the process is time-consuming and you lose audio fidelity. Another option is to free your purchased music using tools like <a href="http://forums.thoughtsmedia.com/f314/fairuse4wm-strips-windows-media-drm-30118.html">FairUse4WM</a> (above) or Hymn, or just buy DRM-free in the first place. Check out the article if you need yet another reason to hate DRM.</p>
 
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