Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Jan 2009 17:34 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Multimedia, AV With every major online digital music vendor slowly but surely abolishing digital rights management, you might wonder how much sense it makes to launch a music service that locks tracks to the devices they're downloaded to. Still, this is exactly what Microsoft has done with its recent launch of its UK Mobile Music store. To make matters worse, there's a whole boatload of other weird decisions regarding this new service that makes you wonder if Microsoft UK has been in contact with anyone outside of its own main office building for, say, the past 5 years.
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Bill Shooter of Bul
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I apologize if I misunderstood you, due to the language barrier, but your post doesn't make much sense.

The purpose of DRM is to prevent piracy. Ie, if it has DRM, its supposed to be piracy proof. If you want to pirate the song, you must first remove the DRM ( which is very possible).

Plus, the choice isn't just between legal DRM music, and illegal DRM free pirated music. As others have mentioned here, both iTunes and Amazon both sell legal music that does not have DRM cheaper than this new store.

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darknexus Member since:

I think that was the point: why pay for content with DRM? Why pay to be restricted when you can either pay for unrestricted content (Amazon MP3, iTunes, etc) or download it for free without DRM anyway? Why pay to throw yourself in a padded cell, as it were?

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jabbotts Member since:

The media and big business justification for DRM is managing the rights of the content retailer. The effect it has is to restrict the rights of the paying customer. Piracy is unaffected as criminals have found ways around every DRM scheme so far. It's the paying customer that is hurt by DRM not the thief.

This is why it is commonly refered to as Digital Restrictions Management except by those supporting the racket like big media companies.

Worse still, it's the middle-men as the artists are just as screwed out of there music as ever before.

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Lennie Member since:

I think the person is trying to say some people call DRM Digital Restrictions Management, because that's what it is doing for most people.

While we are on the subject of DRM, why do I see Windows 7 being received in a very positive light eventhough it's just as full of DRM, they are just waiting for there being a critical mass of Vista, Windows 7 and things like HDMI. I don't understand why people buy into this stuff. The people who post here should really know better.

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