I love the age we live in. It's a time when not only does everyone have a voice on the internet, but we can also be heard. In the old days if you were upset about something, you'd write a letter to someone important, or perhaps if you felt strongly enough you might start a protest. However, if a company decides to load down a new game with really crappy DRM, thousands of people start complaining about it online, and then something gets done about it.
Alright, I’ll admit, I’m impressed with NuVo and the systems they offer. However it seems they should probably let someone else make the music servers if a 500GB music server is going to sell for $3000. The thin profile of this component, sleek design, triple outputs, networking capabilities, and OLED screen make it an interesting proposition.
A new variant of USB will be announced on next year to implement HD DRM content used in personal media players or mobile device and Digital Display. The wired version from USB Implementers Forum is designed to move compressed high def video between displays and mobile devices. The technology allows developer to implement HDMI existing HDCP layer on top of the new USB variant.
In one of the more recent issues of a Fantastic Four comic, there was a villain named Klaw. This particular villain has a device that utilizes sound to create physical objects, including himself in some weird turn of events.
In the story, someone else steals his power essentially ridding himself of his own existence. Well one of his fellow evil doers wasn’t to keen on Klaw’s absence so he did something about it.
FairUse4WM only removed the restrictions up until now. The DRM is cracked and users of version 1.3 of the FairUse4WM software are reporting that the new software completely removes the DRM from Zune music.
I don’t like DRM, never did and I think many consumer like me feels the same way about it. Apple and EMI finally step up to the plate offering high quality and DRM-free music on iTunes. EMI has made their music available without restrictions with slightly higher price at $1.29/€1.29/£0.99 per track. If you have already purchase the track with DRM protection on it, you will be able to upgrade your tracks to DRM-free version for $0.30/€0.30/£0.20 per track. These DRM-free tracks will be available starting this May.
Now I'm neither an iTunes nor a Windows Media Center user, but I know a lot of people would love to be able to play their DRM-encrypted music library from the former through the lounge-friendly interface of the latter. Unfortunately, encrypted music can't currently be streamed that way, at least not without the addition of a little programming magic (or illegally breaking the copy-protection, which is of course not something we'd suggest you do). Thankfully the binary-kids at Proxure have decided to unleash some of that necessary magic, calling the end result MCE Tunes.
Oh dear. Just when I'd got all excited again about Zune, on the premise that only DRM-encrypted audio would be subject to the draconian 3 days/3 plays policy, one of Zune's PR contacts got in touch to let us know that, in fact, all audio will expire according to those limits. If you were thinking you could just re-transfer it over and over, then you'll be pleased to hear that Microsoft has also put a stop to that, too - apparently multiple consecutive song swaps are limited as well.
If I were a PR person I think this is the part of the job that I'd enjoy the least - having to put people off buying the product I represent by justifying its crippling limitations as insisted on by the manufacturer (or the manufacturer's powerful content allies). Microsoft can warble all they like about song metadata remaining on the player and the music staying in your list of files, but consumers are going to see WiFi and think "great, wireless transfers!" and not "great, self-destruct wireless transfers." I'm afraid Zune has just fallen off my shopping list again.
"The 3 days or 3 plays restriction applies only if the song has been bought by a friend of yours from the Zune marketplace and he decides to send it to you to listen. You can listen to it 3 times, or keep it no more than 3 days. After that you Zune device still remembers it, but now you have to buy it to listen again.
BUT if a friend of yours sends you an MP3 or any other non-DRM song, you can keep it FOREVER"
This is, as you will agree, excellent news. Nobody expected Microsoft to allow the copying of DRM-encrypted tracks between players with zero restrictions, but up until now all the reports have indicated that all tracks would be subject to the same 3 day limitations. To find out that's not true is great!
All of a sudden, Zune is back in the competition for me.
You know what this Panasonic girl's hand signal is saying, Sony? It's calling your Reader - and by extension, calling you - a loser. Loser with a capital L, in fact. She's saying that her "Words Gear" e-book has a colour screen and a fancy, touch-sensitive navigation grip. She's probably even casting doubts on your parentage, the cheeky minx.