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Re: DRM: Wasted Power

__/ [ Peter Köhlmann ] on Sunday 19 March 2006 07:59 \__

> Tim Smith wrote:
>> In article <dvihj9$2tem$1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
>>  Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> I agree. This also makes one wonder about Windows Media Audio, which some
>>> MP3 players support nowadays, at an embedded level. Why even let a new
>>> format emerge when a perfectly-legit and standardised/commonly-used one
>>> exists already? Same situation with video codecs. It's a lockin attempt.
>> There are several reasons for other formats.
>> (1) Freedom.  MP3 is not free.  Hence, the need for Ogg Vorbis.
> Which is not DRMed
>> (2) Sound quality.  At a given bitrate, you can do better than MP3.  Ogg
>> and AAC both usually beat MP3 in listening tests at a given bitrate.
> All of which are not DRMed
>> (3) DRM.  The owners of most of the content won't release it for
>> download without DRM.  Hence, the need for a format that supports DRM.
> Too bad for them. I have already decided that I will buy *no* music which
> is in whichever way hampered by DRM. So no iTunes type downloads. No
> copyprotected CDs. Ever
> If they are intent of not selling music without bullying me around, I am
> afraid they have to eat their shit. I will not buy it

I second that statement; particularly so because DRM affects genuine
customers. It is unacceptable when someone buys media which cannot be played
in the car, or on the computer (among other so-called 'old-tech' devices).
Not even a refund is permitted under such circumstances. Genuine, benevolent
buyers are forced to get fed with inconveniences that may not be fully
comprehended, until a few years down the line.

...and oh, yeah! I can still play my parent's platters from the 70's. No need
for specialised hardware either.

Best wishes,


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