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[News] The Joys of DRM-free Music; Vongo Gets It Wrong, Amazon Neglects Linux

  • Subject: [News] The Joys of DRM-free Music; Vongo Gets It Wrong, Amazon Neglects Linux
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2007 23:26:10 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
What's wrong with Vongo?

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| Amazon recently started offering $8.99 non-DRM MP3 albums. I've bought 
| several so far, since I can use them on any of my playback devices, from my  
| Sonos system to my Linux workstations and laptops to my iPod. It's this 
| reason that I don't use the iTunes store, or any other crippled delivery 
| system. So sorry, Vongo, but I'm completely uninterested.   


Amazon Linux downloader taking forever

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| In short: Where are Sun's Java evangelists when one needs them?. And who is 
| the Chief Technologist at Amazon who decided to do separate Windows, Mac OS-X 
| and now Linux versions?. Are they going to code one version for every mobile 
| OS as well?. This INQuiring mind would like to know.   



Kindle sold out

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| There is no telling if this is a consequence of consumer demand exceeding 
| Amazon's forecasts as to how many people would want this thing, or if Amazon 
| is taking a page out of Nintendo's book and creating a little product 
| scarcity to drum up business. All I know is I got mine in the mail today, and 
| I'm already in love.    
| Flop? I think not.


Amazon.com Launches Wireless Reader

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| The Linux-based device weighs 10.3 ounces, can store 200 titles on its 250 MB 
| of onboard flash memory, and its battery can hold a charge for two days with 
| the wireless feature on and seven days with it off, Amazon said. The reader 
| is made by a Chinese OEM and can be purchased on Amazon.com for $399.   


UK retailers to record labels: DRM is killing us

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| Consumers are increasingly dissatisfied with copy protection systems that 
| erode fair use rights and impose limitations on where and how content can be 
| used. To make matters worse, market fragmentation has led to the emergence of 
| incompatible DRM formats which often confuse consumers and leave them 
| wondering whether or not the content they buy will work on all of their 
| electronics devices. That makes file-sharing more attractive for some 
| consumers.      



UK music store: DRM-free music outsells protected tunes four to one

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| DRM-free music sells at a much higher rate online than protected music, 
| according to UK-based digital music store 7 Digital. In fact, customers buy 
| it four times as often as they do DRMed music.  


EMI has DRM free sales boom 

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| Since EMI ditched the DRM on iTunes it has seen sales of Pink Floyd's Dark 
| Side of the Moon increase by between 272 and 350 percent.


Music DRM 'dead by next summer'

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| "It's MP3, absolutely," 7Digital MD Ben Drury told us. "People understand 
| that MP3 works everywhere - that isn't true for AAC and certainly not for 
| WMA."  


Big labels are f*cked, and DRM is dead - Peter Jenner

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| Few people know the music industry better than Peter Jenner. Pink
| Floyd's first manager, who subsequently managed Syd Barrett's solo
| career, Jenner has also looked after T.Rex, The Clash, Ian Dury,
| Disposable Heroes and Billy Bragg - who he manages today. He's also
| secretary general of the International Music Managers Forum.


Music DRM in critical condition: Universal tests DRM free music sales

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| Universal Music Group has announced that the company is going to test selling 
| DRM-free music to consumers in order to assess the market. 


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