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Music Goes to ****: The Long Fall of DRM

By Oz_Media ·
"Yahoo! Music Store has announced that it?s shutting the doors on its DRM-laden music superstore. Somewhere Freddy Mercury is screaming 'Another One Bites the Dust?' at 128 kilobits per second. Despite short-term annoyances to burned customers, the joy to music fans is this era of Digital Rights Management is waning like a bad hangover.

It was only 2005 when we first heard the details of the PlaysForSure DRM scheme used by Yahoo! Music and others. Microsoft's Media Player 10 DRM (PlaysForSure) was licensed to various music services (including Yahoo! Music) and to nearly any portable music player manufacturer.

The plan's purpose was to topple iPod and iTunes absolute dominance in online music. In 2005 only 4 percent of music was purchased online, but it was a significant growth from the year before. Up to 70-percent of the total online music market belonged to Apple.

"Change is in the air and DRM is quietly disappearing from the digital audio market. To many progressive consumers burned by the fall of PlaysForSure, DRM may have looked like a reality to which we'd all have to reluctantly agree. The market had other ideas."


Buh-bye DRM.

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Hurray {nt}

by Slayer_ In reply to Music Goes to ****: The L ...
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Good riddance. (nt)

by OnTheRopes In reply to Music Goes to ****: The L ...
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by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Music Goes to ****: The L ...

I'm fairly certain the Martians have been waiting for yodeling to be so controlled that it's not worth the trouble it takes to acquire. They'd like to move here.

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Wong link, sorry

by Oz_Media In reply to Music Goes to ****: The L ...

I offered a link to DRM on Wiki, not teh article that I had quoted from Audioholics.

Correct article:

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That's what I thought

by The Scummy One In reply to Wong link, sorry

Yahoo dropped it a while back already. Damage done -- old news.

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Yeah that's old

by Oz_Media In reply to That's what I thought

But I thought the views of DRM and its future were interesting.

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Didnt this alerady happen?

by The Scummy One In reply to Music Goes to ****: The L ...

I thought the most recent one was Apple/iTunes that announced DRM free versions.
I love it, I gotta pay extra to convert my songs to drm free versions, or I may lose the ability to play them in the future :0

Gee, lucky I already converted them to cd format and mp3 format. Now I dont gotta re-purchase my purchased items.

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Did you see the XKCD comic on DRM?

by JackOfAllTech In reply to Didnt this alerady happen ...

It was a flowchart that explained why you SHOULD (tongue in cheek) pirate music. Sorry, I can't post a link, I'm at work and they frown on visiting sites like that. Just search for xkcd, then search the archives.

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I may have run across it

by w2ktechman In reply to Did you see the XKCD comi ...

however it is not my scene. Buying used cd's usually (or new but on sale) seems to be working fine for me. Especially with the availability of converters.

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Used CDs

by JackOfAllTech In reply to I may have run across it

That's what I do. There's a shop near me (it would have been called a head shop years ago) that sells and trades used CDs. I bought a 3 CD set of the Best of the Allman Brothers for $5.00!

The first thing I do is rip the CD to my HD then put the CD away in a dark cabinet.

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