Wal-Mart hops on anti-DRM bandwagon

Wal-Mart hops on anti-DRM bandwagon

Summary: Wal-Mart is going DRM free too.Wal-Mart said in a statement that it will offer DRM-free music for 94 cents a track from record labels such as Universal and EMI Music.

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Wal-Mart is going DRM free too.

Wal-Mart said in a statement that it will offer DRM-free music for 94 cents a track from record labels such as Universal and EMI Music.

Universal was the latest to go DRM free and EMI made the move months ago.

With a huge music retailer like Wal-Mart lined up against DRM it's likely other outlets and labels will fall in line. Soon DRM will be a music liability.

Wal-Mart noted that it will continue to offer its WMA-format music downloads. The DRM-free downloads will be at 256 kbps for 94 cents a track. WMA downloads will run 88 cents a track for a 128 kbps version.

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  • I dont get it...

    The record companies were crying about Apple's 99 cent songs, now they have agreed to Walmart for 94 cents.
    mrlinux
    • Its Walmart

      Just like RFID tags which Walmart forced upon their suppliers so they could keep better track of their inventory Walmart has the market standing to force prices upon other suppliers as well.
      Doink
      • Walmart has the muscle in getting goods...

        to their stores, but downloading music doesnt require a trip to the store.
        mrlinux
  • DRM free but how about the 'watermark'

    The article is not clear about this issue.
    Also it does not mention the format for 256kbs.
    Linux Geek
  • Walmart is trying to improve it's image with educated consumers

    Wal-Mart reports that it purchased $18 billion of goods from China in 2004.

    Wal-Mart was responsible for about 1/10th of the U.S. trade deficit with China in 2005. ["U.S. Stock Investors Wary of Analyst `Yuan Plays': Taking Stock, Bloomberg, 7/1/05]

    If Wal-Mart were an individual economy, it would rank as China's eighth-biggest trading partner, ahead of Russia, Australia and Canada. [China Business Weekly, 12/02/2004]

    The estimated total amount of federal assistance for which Wal-Mart employees were eligible in 2004 was $2.5 billion. [The Hidden Price We All Pay For Wal-Mart, A Report By The Democratic Staff Of The Committee On Education And The Workforce, 2/16/04]

    One 200-employee Wal-Mart store may cost federal taxpayers $420,750 per year. This cost comes from the following, on average:
    o $36,000 a year for free and reduced lunches for just 50 qualifying Wal-Mart families.
    o $42,000 a year for low-income housing assistance.
    o $125,000 a year for federal tax credits and deductions for low-income families.
    o $100,000 a year for the additional expenses for programs for students.
    o $108,000 a year for the additional federal health care costs of moving into state children's health insurance programs (S-CHIP)
    o $9,750 a year for the additional costs for low income energy assistance. [The Hidden Price We All Pay For Wal-Mart, A Report By The Democratic Staff Of The Committee On Education And The Workforce, 2/16/04]


    http://www.wakeupwalmart.com/facts
    Protector
    • The facts they do not say.

      Of all the employees who qualify for any federal/state aid, were collecting and eligible for federal/state aid before they became part time employees.

      Walmart does indeed help people and familes. You need to watch Penn & Teller's show on Shotime called B.S. spelled out.

      They will show what happens to a town that blocked Walmart, and all the business that went out of business, even though they blocked Walmart.

      Walmart is the largest employer paying an average wage 10.15 per hour. The federal minimum wage is 5.15 per hour.

      Walmart is not as evil as you think, out of the 1.3 million employees, 169,000 employees had a legitimate problem, sued and won.

      The main backers behind the Walmart haters are the unions. They want Walmart to join. But why? Would it have to do with the Unions collect over 230 million dollars in union dues from Walmart employees?

      Unions are not always bad, but anymore they too are nothing more then a business wanting to collect money.

      Oh you are now thinking of the sweat shops forcing kids to work?

      What alternatives do the kids have? They are poor and need money? Close the sweat shops and what happens? Prostituition? To me that would be worse.

      Or they could go and work in a hot field all day?

      They sweat shops may be bad, but compared to what? We in the US and UK had sweat shops just a few hundred years ago, before we had money and jobs.

      The third world countries are still developing. Give them time and the sweat shops will too be closed, but they first have to get the capitol.

      DO not be so hard to judge. If you still do not like Walmart and want to believe twisted truths, then great, more power to you.

      I rather have the untwisted truths.
      BroGnorik
      • Wrong

        [i]Of all the employees who qualify for any federal/state aid, were collecting and eligible for federal/state aid before they became part time employees.[/i]

        On average for 2005, large companies (200 or more workers) cover approximately 66% of their employees. If Wal-Mart was to reach the average coverage rate, Wal-Mart should be covering an additional 318,000 employees [Kaiser Family Foundation, 2005 and http://www.walmartfacts.com/docs/1625_jan2006healthcarebackgrounders_576890240.pdf]

        [i]Walmart does indeed help people and familes. You need to watch Penn & Teller's show on Shotime called B.S. spelled out.[/i]

        Well thank god we have magicians to turn to for our facts, lol.

        [i]They will show what happens to a town that blocked Walmart, and all the business that went out of business, even though they blocked Walmart.[/i]

        http://www.wakeupwalmart.com/facts/#community

        [i]Walmart is the largest employer paying an average wage 10.15 per hour. The federal minimum wage is 5.15 per hour.[/i]

        So are you suggesting that because they pay more than minimum wage they should get a trophy. They are not acting responsibly.
        They are funneling our tax money into profits and the Chinese government. Walmart adminitted in 2006 that only 43% of their 1.39 million employees had health coverage.....who do you think foots the bill for these people when they need care....I'll tell you who, the taxpayer....myself and YOU! On average for 2005, large companies (200 or more workers) cover approximately 66% of their employees. If Wal-Mart was to reach the AVERAGE coverage rate, Wal-Mart should be covering an additional 318,000 employees.

        [i]Walmart is not as evil as you think, out of the 1.3 million employees, 169,000 employees had a legitimate problem, sued and won.[/i]

        Are you kidding? 169,000 out of 1.3 million is alot of employees with real enforceable problems? What about the one's the employees were not able to prove or were covered up.

        [i]The main backers behind the Walmart haters are the unions. They want Walmart to join. But why? Would it have to do with the Unions collect over 230 million dollars in union dues from Walmart employees?[/i]

        Yes why would Walmart want anyone looking out for their employees?

        [i]Unions are not always bad, but anymore they too are nothing more then a business wanting to collect money.[/i]

        Any organization needs money to function. I'm sure the union dues would be justified if the situation could be improved a little.

        [i]Oh you are now thinking of the sweat shops forcing kids to work?[/i]

        Some are, some are SLAVES. Know what a SLAVE is? It means your forced.

        [i]What alternatives do the kids have? They are poor and need money? Close the sweat shops and what happens? Prostituition? To me that would be worse.[/i]

        Well thank god your here to choose the lesser of two evils for us all. Would you rather have your fingers smashed with a hammer or a bat?

        [i]They sweat shops may be bad, but compared to what? We in the US and UK had sweat shops just a few hundred years ago, before we had money and jobs.[/i]

        LOL, and your point. So we've irradicated it here, but it is ok to fund it as long as it's over there?

        [i]The third world countries are still developing. Give them time and the sweat shops will too be closed, but they first have to get the capitol.[/i]

        Yea, china is the factory now, soon it will be a different developing country when Chinese workers begin to fight for rights and lives. Your right.

        [i]DO not be so hard to judge. If you still do not like Walmart and want to believe twisted truths, then great, more power to you.[/i]

        Hey I'm not looking for power. I just want to keep a little more of my paycheck and watch less American money go to china who manipulates everything to their advantage.

        [i]I rather have the untwisted truths.[/i]

        Sounds like you would like to twist the truth so that you can feel good about purchasing dirt cheap products at the expense of us all.
        Protector
        • I can see there is no point in trying to convince you but...

          Wrong
          Of all the employees who qualify for any federal/state aid, were collecting and eligible for federal/state aid before they became part time employees.

          On average for 2005, large companies (200 or more workers) cover approximately 66% of their employees. If Wal-Mart was to reach the average coverage rate, Wal-Mart should be covering an additional 318,000 employees [Kaiser Family Foundation, 2005 and http://www.walmartfacts.com/docs/1625_jan2006healthcarebackgrounders_576890240.pdf]

          This you are correct, Walmart and all other companies should provide more/better health care. The healthcare here in the US is crap, that is no ones fault but the governments for allowing the insuring companies to be greedy. Walmart is NOT in the insurance department, and relies on insurance companies to provide the Health Care. Walmart does indeed offer super cheap prices on prescription medicine, so they are trying to bring the cost down.

          Walmart does indeed help people and familes. You need to watch Penn & Teller's show on Shotime called B.S. spelled out.

          Well thank god we have magicians to turn to for our facts, lol.
          The show is really good, they do make it very clear what side they are on, but provide both sides of the story. Penn if said he is a traget guy, in the Walmart story. :)

          They will show what happens to a town that blocked Walmart, and all the business that went out of business, even though they blocked Walmart.

          http://www.wakeupwalmart.com/facts/#community

          Unfortunatly the website mentioned above only gives out part of the truth as Penn & Teller showed, so you can link to as many times as you want, but I want the whole truth.

          Walmart is the largest employer paying an average wage 10.15 per hour. The federal minimum wage is 5.15 per hour.

          So are you suggesting that because they pay more than minimum wage they should get a trophy. They are not acting responsibly.
          They are funneling our tax money into profits and the Chinese government. Walmart adminitted in 2006 that only 43% of their 1.39 million employees had health coverage.....who do you think foots the bill for these people when they need care....I'll tell you who, the taxpayer....myself and YOU! On average for 2005, large companies (200 or more workers) cover approximately 66% of their employees. If Wal-Mart was to reach the AVERAGE coverage rate, Wal-Mart should be covering an additional 318,000 employees.

          It is unfortunate that part time workers do not get health benefits, but this is true for all companies. Kelly Services, and Express Personell, and any other temp angency do not provide any health coverage, even if you worked full time for a year. Again you cannot blame Walmart on this.

          Should they get an award, well no, but they should not be hated because of low incomes. I have friends who only make 5.15 an hour, if they got up too the 10.15 they would be waay better off.

          Walmart is not as evil as you think, out of the 1.3 million employees, 169,000 employees had a legitimate problem, sued and won.

          Are you kidding? 169,000 out of 1.3 million is alot of employees with real enforceable problems? What about the one's the employees were not able to prove or were covered up.

          Yes 169,000 is a lot of people. And they won. After which Walmart changed it policy so it would not be repeated. This was bad management at the store level. Walmart replaced those bad managers.

          The main backers behind the Walmart haters are the unions. They want Walmart to join. But why? Would it have to do with the Unions collect over 230 million dollars in union dues from Walmart employees?

          Yes why would Walmart want anyone looking out for their employees? Do you want things to cost more? That what will happen if Walmart employees did join a union. Walmart would have to pay the employees more to cover the union cost, and then raise prices. I have talked to a lot of Walmart employees, and they do not want the union, becuase they do not want to pay the dues.

          Unions are not always bad, but anymore they too are nothing more then a business wanting to collect money.

          Any organization needs money to function. I'm sure the union dues would be justified if the situation could be improved a little.

          Of course a company needs money to survive, but unions are not what they once were, they are into the politians pockets, and some are very corrupt. We do need unions, but I feel they have been going overboard. I work in a shop with union workers, I am not one, and the unions have not helped the employees. If they employees voted aganist something, t still gets through.

          The unions no longer listen to the people and do want they want to collect more. This is bad. I myself would not want to be part of the union.

          Oh you are now thinking of the sweat shops forcing kids to work?

          Some are, some are SLAVES. Know what a SLAVE is? It means your forced. No they are not slaves. They do NOT work because they have to, they work because they are poor. That is not a slave, unless we are all slaves because we all HAVE to work to earn money.

          What alternatives do the kids have? They are poor and need money? Close the sweat shops and what happens? Prostituition? To me that would be worse.

          Well thank god your here to choose the lesser of two evils for us all. Would you rather have your fingers smashed with a hammer or a bat?

          I choose a hammer. :) The lesser of two evils is an important step. Each step they take, will become less evil then before. We all have to deal with the lesser of two evils. We all have choices one better then the other. This is life.

          They sweat shops may be bad, but compared to what? We in the US and UK had sweat shops just a few hundred years ago, before we had money and jobs.

          LOL, and your point. So we've irradicated it here, but it is ok to fund it as long as it's over there? Not at all, but we are NOT in charge of the other countries. Walmart has taken to steps to provide better/higher paying jobs in those countries, compared to alternatives.

          The third world countries are still developing. Give them time and the sweat shops will too be closed, but they first have to get the capitol.

          Yea, china is the factory now, soon it will be a different developing country when Chinese workers begin to fight for rights and lives. Your right.

          I agree 100%

          DO not be so hard to judge. If you still do not like Walmart and want to believe twisted truths, then great, more power to you.

          Hey I'm not looking for power. I just want to keep a little more of my paycheck and watch less American money go to china who manipulates everything to their advantage.

          Mee too. I do like my money being wasted any more then the next person, but there is not much we can do, except write your senator, and representive. Social Security needs to change, and is a big part of my paycheck deduction.

          I knew a woman in her 20's who was able to get social security because she told them she could not work.

          After a three year battle she finally gets social security. She never paind into it, and never worked, and nothing is wrong with her.

          Social Security needs to change to only help those who have worked, or truly cannot.

          Like when Social Security first started, I had no problems with farmers who worked all thier life to collect, but the person on the street who did not even try, should not.

          We all have to live with the choices we make. It is easy to blame someone else for our problems, but no one will fix them except for ourselves.

          Just remember that if Walmart was not around there would be an additional 1.3 million US workers collecting your tax money.

          I rather have the untwisted truths.

          Sounds like you would like to twist the truth so that you can feel good about purchasing dirt cheap products at the expense of us all.

          I support Walmart, becuase I want those 1.3 million US workers to have a job, and Walmart and Home Depot, are the only big box store in my area.

          I would rather shop at Target, Sears, Fred Meyers, not becuase I hate Walmart, but because it is my preference.

          Walmart has everything I need.
          BroGnorik
          • The important thing is - you have convinced yourself! - NT

            NT
            raycote
        • You can't cite a self-described biased source

          You use sources that are clearly carrying a bias for your supposed facts. That doesn't stand up. That's like going to moveon.org to use "facts" to support a notion that republicans are bad. It's ridiculous.
          dcunning30@...
      • I have to side with Protector on this one...

        It's just not good to pay people a salary they can barely live on.
        The minimum wage (Now $5.85 if I read it right), comes out to $12,168 / year for an 40hr work week. That is only a portion of the funds needed to live in the U.S. And Wal-Mart's $10.15, it would be $21,112 / year. A tip better, possible, but what kind of life is that for an employee to lead; and don't forget, they like to keep more employees part time.
        I understand the idea of maximizing profits, however haven't companies (run by people) learned that people are NOT the best resource to skimp on. It's been the downfall of too many businesses. Impacted on too many cultures, both here AND abroad.
        I also found this when confirming the numbers. It's pretty interesting:
        http://www.laborresearch.org/print.php?id=391
        el1jones
        • Well, hell

          Just make the minimum wage $40 an hour and end poverty with a single act of Congress.
          frgough
          • What is your point? it is so much more interesting to us if you have one NT

            NT
            raycote
        • Another biased source?

          You go to a pro-union website to make such an argument? Of course you're going to get anti-WalMart info there. Unions have been unsuccessful in unionizing WalMart employees for years and they're not happy. Imagine all the union-dues they're missiog out on from the employees of the largest private employer in the world.
          dcunning30@...
    • staggering numbers...

      ... the shear amount of goods order from China is HUGE.

      But while I do consider Wal-Mart's employee policies one of the problems with companies today; I don't think I would contribute ALL the problems of lower-income families to Wal-Mart.
      Low income energy assistance; Free and reduced lunches... not really Wal-Mart's fault.
      I do blame Wal-Mart for keeping so many employees on as "Part Time" , thus eliminating so many benefits. It shows a true disregard for loyalty towards employees, while wanting some loyalty back. It's a two way street.
      el1jones
    • Get off the union talking points

      If wal-mart was so horrible you wouldn't have thousands of people applying for jobs there whenever one opens up.

      The fact is Wal-mart is non-union and has been the target of an organized propaganda campaign ever since.

      If you don't like wal-mart, shop at Target, but quit trying to paint them as the most evil entity on the planet. Wal-mart has allowed tens of millions of Americans to enjoy a standard of living not possible before, and has helped people in third-world countries by providing better paying jobs than what they had available before, and puts TENS of BILLIONS into state and federal coffers in the form of taxes, so give the marxist rant a rest.
      frgough
      • Blood sucking

        [i]If wal-mart was so horrible you wouldn't have thousands of people applying for jobs there whenever one opens up.[/i]

        I'm not going to debate the reasons why people do self destructive things, other than to say that they don't always realize the consequences of their actions or how it will affect the overall economy.

        [i]The fact is Wal-mart is non-union and has been the target of an organized propaganda campaign ever since.[/i]

        And rightfully so, we don't need to go over the reasons they are non union. I think we all know why.

        [i]If you don't like wal-mart, shop at Target, but quit trying to paint them as the most evil entity on the planet. Wal-mart has allowed tens of millions of Americans to enjoy a standard of living not possible before, and has helped people in third-world countries by providing better paying jobs than what they had available before, and puts TENS of BILLIONS into state and federal coffers in the form of taxes, so give the marxist rant a rest.[/i]

        Their not the most evil entity on the planet, it's probably more the fault of the uneducated shoppers. Ohh a $5 jacket! Their $5 jacket becomes a $50 jacket when the tax man comes calling. NOTHING IS FREE. You will pay the piper somewhere. We're making up the difference on our taxes and Walmart laughs all the way to the bank.
        Protector
      • I don't know if that's true.

        Union vs. Non-Union doesn't matter to me... but how as Wal-Mart really helped tens of millions of Americans?
        They only employee around 1.6 million.
        Are they really helping the people in the third-world countries?
        Wouldn't you still buy that toothbrush, or pants, or cd from place place? And wouldn't the selling stores still order from "third-world countries"?
        They would, except they wouldn't demand as big a discount, and the little extra profit just might be passed on to the workers.
        As for taxes...
        Wouldn't the state and federal government get the taxes no matter if we bought at Wal-Mart or at another store? (the answer is yes)
        So Wal-Mart is not really generating the taxes, it's the people buying the items. Meanwhile, the various governments have to pay out BILLIONS in aid to Wal-Mart workers.
        On the flip side, wouldn't the government have to pay out something to many of those employees anyway? (yes)
        The main point is Wal-Mart is contributing to a degradation of U.S. society as a whole, with it's "employees are just another resource to cut back on" attitude.

        And what's the matter with a Marxist Rant?
        If you work at Wal-Mart or EVER shopped or been at Wal-Mart, that rant is supporting you. (thus the term: working class)
        If you're not working class, then you're the type of people we're ranting about.
        el1jones
        • "how as Wal-Mart really helped tens of millions of Americans?"

          They have helped those Americans acquire lots n lots of Chinese-made goods of poor quality, that they don't really need.

          :o)
          Jack-Booted EULA
      • Over concentration of wealth distorts the fabric/stability of a society NT

        NT
        raycote