Music Retailers Beg Recording Industry To Drop DRM

from the who-is-it-helping? dept

We've already seen more and more musicians tells the recording industry to drop DRM policies that hurt the consumer. And, of course, we know that consumers prefer non-DRM'd music (which sorta goes without saying). Now even music retailers are wondering what the recording industry is thinking. A group of UK retailers have banded together to urge the industry to drop DRM altogether in order to help boost holiday sales this year. Of course, in the past, we've seen the recording industry insist DRM was needed to protect both the artists and the retailers -- but it certainly looks like both are finally realizing what many have said all along: the only thing that DRM "protects" (and it does a piss poor job of it) is the obsolete business model of the record labels.

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    John, 21 Nov 2007 @ 3:33am

    DRM is crapola

    Preaching to the converted... Anyone can convert a DRM plagued CD into DRM-free music, and then it's only a matter of time until it spreads out to anyone who wants a copy, that's just the way it is. As a soon to be signed artist, I've come to accept the fact that what little money we make will be from merchandise sales and live shows, and whatever CDs we sell at the shows. And as an avid downloader, I still buy the same amount of CD's as before, only now I buy the "right" CD's, not the one's that I quickly discover are crap. I also support private p2p programs such as GigaTribe:

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