Microsoft's Final 'Up Yours' To Those Who Bought Into Its DRM Story

from the playsforwhatnow? dept

Remember a few years back when Microsoft launched a new type of DRM under the name "PlaysForSure"? The idea was to create a standard DRM that a bunch of different online music download stores could use, and which makers of digital music devices could build for. Except... like any DRM, it had its problems. And, like any DRM, its real purpose was to take away features, not add them, making all of the content hindered by it less valuable. Yet, because Microsoft was behind it, many people assumed that at least Microsoft would keep supporting it. Well, you've now learned your lesson. Playsforsure was so bad that Microsoft didn't even use it for its own Zune digital media device. Along with that, Microsoft shut down its failed online music store, and now for the kicker, it's telling anyone who was suckered into buying that DRM'd content that it's about to nuke the DRM approval servers that let you transfer the music to new machines. That means you need to authorize any songs you have on whatever machine you want -- and that's the only place they'll be able to reside forever. And, of course, any upgrade to your operating system (say from XP to Vista) and you lose access to your music as well. By now, hopefully, everyone is aware of why DRM is problematic, but it's nice of Microsoft to give one final demonstration by basically taking away more rights for the music it sold people with the promise that Microsoft would keep the music available.

Filed Under: drm, playsforsure
Companies: microsoft


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 23 Apr 2008 @ 9:37am

    Too hot in the kitchen to cook Apple pie

    Hillarious! Apple shows the world it can be #1 distributer for a mature, 50+ year-old industry in a short 5 year span.

    While Microsoft cant get enough people to buy its mechanical fish.

    A song comes to mind:
    "Give me a song, or rhythm
    Make 'em sweat, thats what I'm giving 'em
    Now, they know
    You talking about the Hammer you talking about a show.
    Thats Hype, and Tight.
    Singers are sweating so pass them a wipe
    Or a tape to learn
    Whats it gonna take in the 90's to burn
    The Charts? Legit
    either work hard or you might as well quit

    Thats the word because you know...
    You cant touch this
    You cant touch this
    You cant touch this"


    -MC Hammer

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