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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    Killer_Tofu (profile), 23 Apr 2008 @ 12:56pm

    Re #35 and 37

    @35, Derek
    All of your time is worth 60$/hr?
    Will you charge your wife for those hours you spend with her? Are you saying that is all your time is worth there?
    Can't quite put my finger on it but that whole argument feels flawed. You don't get paid to stay home and not work (unless you have some truly awesome job, but the point above still stands). Also feels like your argument could be turned into saying that the money you pay for a song is equivalent to how long you feel it would have taken you to make the song. How much your time is worth doing one thing, is not how much it is worth doing everything.

    @37, Mischa
    Ubuntu definitely seems to be winning in that arena. =)

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