Why You Should Avoid Buying Music With TUR/DRM
Mark Pilgrim captures perfectly the reasons why it is self-defeating to buy your “content” with TUR, which the music and movie industries love to euphemize as DRM. Where previously, there was not really an example showing that customers lose access to the products they purchased once the vendor loses interest in that line of business, we now get to see an object lesson.
Now, I didn’t even know that there was such a thing as MSN Music. I generally buy my music on CD for just such a reason. When I just want a single song, I have MJ buy it through iTunes and burn it to CD for me. It is a sale that would otherwise not have taken place.
It really isn’t about Microsoft, because other music and movie vendors will do the same thing sometime. It is about people like you and I, and about the music we buy. It is about the move to openness that promises a brighter future, and about the entrenched corporate interests that are using any possible means to stay in control.
I had an important lesson in this area when my nephew was unable to renew his music on his MP3 player before it expired. All his bought and paid for music became unplayable. What a way to promote legal purchasing, rather than the music-stealing networks.
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