Surprise, Surprise: WalMart Changes Its Mind, Keeps DRM Servers Running (For Now)

from the and-again dept

A couple weeks back, we noted with surprise Wal-Mart's decision to turn off its DRM servers with little warning. After all, both Yahoo and Microsoft had tried to do the same thing, but eventually backed down in front of rather public backlash from customers. It's hard to believe that no one in charge of Wal-Mart's music offering was aware of that. But, still, the company tried to shut down the DRM servers. And, surprise, surprise, there was widespread backlash. So, not surprisingly, Wal-Mart has backed down and promised to keep the DRM servers running for the time being.
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Filed Under: drm, servers
Companies: microsoft, wal-mart, yahoo

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    Steve R. (profile), 11 Oct 2008 @ 1:17pm

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    "But protected music cannot be burned onto data CDs, only onto uncompressed audio CDs. If you bought 200 protected songs from Wal-Mart, you'd have to burn 13 CDs and re-encode all of them back onto your computer -- fairly time consuming. And making matters worse, all of that music would end up having been processed by a second audio compression algorithm (most likely MP3) in addition to the original WMA compression. Not only did Wal-Mart's advice on how to deal with its proposed DRM plan involve a hassle and extra expense on the part of the consumer, but that extra round of compression could also hurt the songs' audio quality."

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