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09/28/2008 04:27 PM ID: 73666 Permalink   

Walmart Turns Off Customer's Music Rights: Will Close DRM Server Oct. 9


If you ever downloaded music from Walmart you better watch out. If it's not an MP3 your ability to listen will be gone when their Digital Rights Management server is closed on October 9. They join Google, MSN, and Yahoo who previously ended DRM offers.

The only way to save the music, albeit at a lower quality, is to burn it to CD then rip it back to your computer. Walmart's original promotion for its DRM music was "Microsoft’s PlaysForSure," obviously an outdated promise.

Any money you may have spent is long gone as no credits or refunds have been announced, repeating the error of other big time e-tailers.

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  OOPS Corrections please  
Customers Music Rights should be Customer's Music Rights. AND MSM=MSN
  by: MmmMan     09/28/2008 04:44 PM     
The 21st century model for making money.

"Screw the customers as much as possible because most won't do anything or complain"
  by: splicer   09/28/2008 07:59 PM     
  msn music  
At least there was a drm stripper for msn music. I had a bunch of music from there and I would strip the drm off as soon as I got it. I don't share my stuff, but I do like to, you know, listen to the music I pay for. Without the drm, I can listen on anything I want and don't have to worry about activations or server shutdowns. Still total crap though. Its as though you don't actually buy anything anymore. It's just disguised renting.
  by: justaperson     09/28/2008 08:07 PM     
But you don't need to burn the music to cd then rip it back to your computer to get around the drm. Theres a plug in included with Winamp called "diskwriter" that outputs things you play in winamp to a file on your hard disk. I use it to improve the sound quality of lower rate mp3s by using DFX to enhance the audio then writing the new file to disk to be burned to cd.
  by: arkan351   09/28/2008 11:05 PM     
I don't blame them, if you don't want to buy it because it cost to much, get music from up and coming musicians.
  by: Mannyishere     09/29/2008 02:45 AM     
I could vomit.
  by: smarta$$     09/29/2008 03:58 AM     
  Support DRM and this is what you deserve.  
  by: vash_the_stampede     09/29/2008 04:37 AM     
  I have to agree with Vash.  
Keep music open or else you stifle our potential for creativity.
  by: maverick7h     09/29/2008 08:48 PM     
Reminds me of a Dilbert comic I once saw.

Their core marketing was aimed at people that were to afraid to return things! LOL! Looks like another Dilbert strip becomes a reality.
  by: slavefortheman     10/01/2008 05:34 PM     
  programs such as tunebite  
will handle them as well. The players do not go out and search for the DRM license each time it is played, only the first time? Otherwise you would not be able to play them on portable player. Just make sure you play them all at least once before they close the server. You will not even be able to burn them unless you have the license already downloaded. My girlfriend downloads DMR wma's and I turn them over into MP3 with tunebite then delete the wma's. Again tunebite requires you to have the DMR license before ripping.
  by: BornInKy   10/03/2008 05:23 PM     
  another thing  
you have time limit to get the license from their server after that you have to contact them for a reset or purchase another license. Further support for the only needed to download the license once theory. Now if something happens to your computer or you get a new computer you have to purchase the license all over again. DRM truly sucks.
  by: BornInKy   10/03/2008 05:29 PM     
  Children, can you spell Bittorrent?  
I rest my case.
  by: white albino   10/06/2008 10:40 AM     
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