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 Monday, 24 July 2006
Monday, 24 July 2006 11:10:48 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
OK, I think I've had it.

A couple years ago I bought an album and a couple other songs through Best Buy's web site - from a service called Liquid Audio. A few weeks later, my license files quit working, and Liquid Audio was entirely unhelpful - unsympathetic even! I believe they've gone out of business though, so they got what they deserved.

About a year ago I bought some songs from the new Napster. A few weeks later I had a hard drive crash and lost my license files. Fortunately Napster was more helpful and I was able to get my license files restored (though I think it used up the second of my 3 machine licenses).

But today my Napster licenses are just gone. No system changes, nothing. They just quit working. And yes, I'm sure Napster's helpful service people can get them back for me, but that is no longer the point. The idea of downloading music and more importantly dealing with the DRM is unacceptable.

All I want to do is listen to music I purchased, and I can't do it. That sucks. And spending time calling around or emailing to get support to be able to use my own damn property isn't acceptable at all.

So I'm done buying music online. It will be a lot cheaper for me to just go buy the CDs at a store and rip them, and then never worry about this shit again. If I figure it based on my hourly billing rate it is a LOT cheaper to just avoid the DRM.

And when the CD's are DRM protected? Well then I guess I'm done with commercial music. Most of it sucks anyway, and if I can't listen to it on my PC while working then it has no value anyway, so it just doesn't matter.

Yes RIAA, you can protect your precious resource. But in the end you may be your only market, because the rest of us are getting fed up with all the bullshit...

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Monday, 24 July 2006 12:28:44 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
I have to say I'm still fairly happy with Yahoo Music Service... I get most of the new songs when they come out, pay once per year (60 bucks I think) and can listen on any of my 3 computers while I'm working; of course I don't "own" anything except the right to listen to the music... still though for 60 bucks a year, I'm happy.

The interface could be a lot better, but it has gotten better than when I wrote this post: http://www.shoddycoder.net/PermaLink,guid,142ff02a-5b9b-490b-b5ed-1b40350ab11e.aspx

Monday, 24 July 2006 13:51:11 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
I agree, most music today isn't great. I too will buy a CD if I like what I hear, and then rip it for my own personal use.

If you like to read e-books, the same situation with DRM can be a pain.
Red5
Tuesday, 25 July 2006 11:29:38 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00)
Doc Searls had a post on his blog about online music. This is the link:
http://doc.weblogs.com/2006/07/13#notSureTheyveGraduated
The real trasure isn't Doc's post, it's the link at the bottom to a web page by Cory Doctorow who delivered a talk to Microsoft Research in June 2004. Here is a direct link to the text of the talk, it is well worth the read:
http://craphound.com/msftdrm.txt
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