balzi wrote:... Is there an expiration on media usage rights licenses?
just brew it! wrote:Just out of curiosity, why in the world would you intentionally apply DRM to tracks you ripped yourself, from your own CDs?
just brew it! wrote: As you've figured out, you were really just inconveniencing yourself...
just brew it! wrote:Edit: Even putting DRM issues aside, what you've described is also an argument for avoiding proprietary formats. Strictly speaking, even MP3 is proprietary (the algorithms are owned and patented by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft). So if you really want to be sure that your music will be unencumbered by DRM or patent restrictions on future media players, you ought to be using an open format like OGG Vorbis...
just brew it! wrote:... an assortment of hacked-together custom shell and Python scripts to do my ripping/encoding (all on Linux). But that's just me; I'm pretty sure this is not something you'd want to deal with!
Voldenuit wrote:Bigpond is shutting down their WMA DRM server in Australia. So your music won't play anymore*.
That's what happens when you buy DRM crap (and I'm not just talking music, it's gonna happen to books, games, TV shows and movies).
* There was some talk about a period to get DRM-free versions of songs you already bought, but I don't know how to go about it nor whether that's expired or not too.
Dear BigPond® Music Member,
Remember that BigPond Music won’t be supporting the Windows Media Audio ('WMA') file format after 1 April 2010. So if you haven't backed up any WMA music files you’ve bought from us, you should do it soon.
Any MP3 files you've bought from us won’t be affected. Read further to find out more about WMA files.
Here's why you should back up your music.
After 1 April, you won't be able to download new DRM (Digital Rights Management) 'unlock' keys for your WMA music.
As long as you keep using the same computer and operating system, you shouldn't have any trouble playing your WMA files. But if you try to move them onto a new computer or operating system, they won’t work if you don’t transfer their DRM keys as well
Besides, backing up your collection is a good idea – for your MP3 files too.
So here's what to do.
You can back up your music collection now, by either:
1. Burning it to audio CD (Click here to find out how.)
2. Backing up your WMA files and licences separately (See how to do it here.)
Additional information on WMA's & DRM.
All our music was in the secure WMA file format when BigPond Music started. Whenever you downloaded a WMA file you downloaded its encrypted Digital Rights Management (‘DRM’) code at the same time.
DRM is a kind of lock and key system. The key unlocks the music so that it’ll only play on your software. The downside of this security is that WMA downloads won’t work on popular systems like Apple’s iPod and iTunes software. It’s also hard to move WMA files without downloading a new licence key.
We started selling MP3 files without any DRM or licence key restrictions in August 2008. MP3’s are a much more universal format that works on most digital music players and software. We stopped selling WMA files in March 2009, and only offer MP3 music now.
The BigPond Music Team
Please read his posts carefully, he didn't buy anything.Voldenuit wrote:That's what happens when you buy DRM crap (and I'm not just talking music, it's gonna happen to books, games, TV shows and movies).
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