[mythtv-users] DRM Music on it's last legs - Another prediction comes true ahead of schedule.

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Fri Aug 10 15:12:08 UTC 2007

On Friday 10 August 2007 06:47, Joe Borne wrote:
> In all honesty, Moore's Law is in effect on this process in a way I
> never predicted. I did see these events unfolding as we discussed in a
> previous thread, but this is so much faster than I thought it would
> happen.
> From Slashdot, 8:46 AM EST:
> **********************************
> "Universal Music Group, the largest music company on the planet, has
> announced that the company is going to sell DRM-free music. The test
> will see UMG offering a portion of its catalog — primarily its most
> popular content — sold without DRM between August 21 and January 31 of
> next year. The format will be MP3, and songs will sell for 99 each,
> with the bitrate to be determined by the stores in question.
> RealNetwork's Rhapsody service will offer 256kbps tracks, the company
> said in a separate statement. January 31 is likely more of a fire
> escape than an end date. If UMG doesn't like what they're seeing,
> they'll pull the plug. UMG says that it wants to watch how DRM-free
> music affects piracy rates."
> **********************************

The attitude of the vendors seems wrong. They act as if they are doing us some 
great favor by making free (as in libre, not gratis) tracks available, either 
charging more or limiting the availability. They are trying to make 
us "thankful" for something we should have in the first place.

I'm not sure how they are going to measure trhe piracy rates, and any 
professional pirate can get around their DRM anyway. 

Would they tell us if the piracy rates actually go down, and sales go up?


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