Tuesday, June 24, 2008

So you thought that DRM'd music wasn't so bad, huh?

Microsoft recently announced that they are going to be turning off their MSN Music license servers by the end of this summer.  This means that the DRM protected music that people bought from MSN will only be able to be played on the machines that are licensed for it (up to 5) on August 31st 2008 and you can never change it ever again.  Not for hardware upgrades, or OS reinstalls or anything. 

We can all be fuzzy and warm watching copy protected music fall down all over the place with lots of unencumbered alternatives but with the situation around movies these days, if you don't see some parallels here and a similar fate in the future you should have the marshmellows removed from your corneas. 

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