Friday, January 4th 2008

Sony BMG to Drop DRM

Sony BMG has become the last of the ‘big four’ record labels to drop Digital Rights Management – on part of its music collection at least. Specific details have not yet been released, so this could potentially apply to all of the songs that Sony offers for download. Digital Rights Management is the technology that limits users to playing songs only on certain computers and devices, and has been the subject of fierce opposition over recent months. Warner, EMI and Universal have all made plans for DRM-free downloads, and Sony is set to launch its DRM-free downloads in the first quarter of this year.Source: BusinessWeek.com
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11 Comments on Sony BMG to Drop DRM

#2
Cold Storm
Battosai
I had sonicstage for the longest time because of the fact that I had a Sony MP3 player. But after hdd failing and lost my laptop to my ex, I couldn't get the music that I bought off Sonicstage anymore...:shadedshu 389 songs at 99 cents each.. You do the math :banghead:
Thank god that its gone!!!! :rockout:
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#4
Triprift
Yay slowly drm is fading into nothingness :nutkick:
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Cold Storm
Battosai
by: Triprift
Yay slowly drm is fading into nothingness :nutkick:
+1 on that!!!!
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happita
by: Jimmy 2004
Sony BMG has become the last of the ‘big four’ record labels to drop Digital Rights Management – on part of its music collection at least. Specific details have not yet been released, so this could potentially apply to all of the songs that Sony offers for download. Digital Rights Management is the technology that limits users to playing songs only on certain computers and devices, and has been the subject of fierce opposition over recent months. Warner, EMI and Universal have all made plans for DRM-free downloads, and Sony is set to launch its DRM-free downloads in the first quarter of this year.

Source: BusinessWeek.com
Shouldn't that be at "last" ? :)
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#7
jocksteeluk
There is no doubt that Sony saw sales of non DRM music rocketing whilst DRM laden music sales have diminished, rest assured if Sony hadn't had its recent DRM related lawsuits Sony would have been the last to remove DRM from their music media, this is more power to the consumer rather than a pat on the back for MR Sony for doing the right thing.
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#8
Triprift
yea we no that jocksteeluk at leats its a step in the right direction and jock ur avvy is kind of creepy. :eek:
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#9
Jimmy 2004
by: happita
Shouldn't that be at "last" ? :)
It's meant to mean the same as:

on at least part of its music collection

just the word order is different.
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#10
Completely Bonkers
Just to add further clarity to "at least part of its music collection":

1./ Music only, no change to DRM on other media, ie. video

2./ Only PART of the music collection, not all music.

3./ Only some CHANNELS of distribution, not all distribution channels

4./ Removing some of the restrictions/limitations on compatibility/transfer/backup. SONY MP3/ATRACK is NOT going "open"! (sadly)
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#11
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Haha, Peach I laughed so hard I was crying!!!!
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