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  1.  (1941.1)
    Ars: DRM sucks redux: Microsoft to nuke MSN Music DRM keys
    Customers who have purchased music from Microsoft's now-defunct MSN Music store are now facing a decision they never anticipated making: commit to which computers (and OS) they want to authorize forever, or give up access to the music they paid for. Why? Because Microsoft has decided that it's done supporting the service and will be turning off the MSN Music license servers by the end of this summer.

    That's right, after 31 August, MSN Music can not be moved between unauthorized computers. And you can't authorize new computers, or if you upgrade your OS, you're SOL as well.

    DRM hurts consumers. Period.
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      CommentAuthorVaehling
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2008
     (1941.2)
    Yep, sounds ike MSN to me.

    In my book, the whole point of commercial downloads is to build a common ground between downloaders and the industry. To regain the users' trust by saying "we're not just the evil corporations who want your money and sue when we don't get it. We want to earn that money, not rip you off".

    Point taken.
    • CommentAuthorjarod
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2008
     (1941.3)
    Another reason to applaud Amazon for their MP3 store and to decry their video downloads.