And the saga continues; DRM still sucks. Is anyone surprised?
Earlier this year Microsoft announced that its online music store, MSN Music, would be closing up shop, and although Microsoft has decided to keep the DRM authorization servers up and running through 2011, it shows us once again just how vulnerable and expendable DRM makes us as customers.
Continuing this bad DRM dream, Yahoo Music announced it will soon be going dark, and will be taking the keys with it. Yahoo e-mailed its Yahoo! Music Store customers, telling them it will be closing for good—and the company will take its DRM license key servers offline on September 30, 2008. Sure, it’s bad news and yet another example of the sheer lobotomized brain-deadness that has characterized music DRM.
My reaction to this? Stop buying music for gods sake! Until the RIAA releases it’s death grip on downloadable music the only alternatives I can stomach are online subscription services, such as Microsoft’s Zune Marketplace. The rediculous fact is that I have over 2000 songs downloaded through iTunes, that are “stuck” on my computer as a result of DRM, and are unplayable in reality, because I choose to use a Zune as my PMP. This is unacceptable!
DRM continues to get in the way of what I want to do with music that I have purchased, and unfortunately DRM has now ensured that I will not be purchasing any music in the future until DRM is dead and I can listen to music that I legally purchase on ANY PMP that I choose.