Microsoft double-backs and extends DRM support for MSN Music

Microsoft double-backs and extends DRM support for MSN Music

Summary: This seems to fit quite nicely with my "illegal music sharing/copying" post a couple of days ago. Back on the 22nd April 2008, Microsoft gave all those who downloaded music through MSN Music the two fingers, when it announced:As of August 31st, we will no longer be able to support the retrieval of license keys for the songs you purchased from MSN Music or the authorization of additional computers.

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musicbomb.pngThis seems to fit quite nicely with my "illegal music sharing/copying" post a couple of days ago. Back on the 22nd April 2008, Microsoft gave all those who downloaded music through MSN Music the two fingers, when it announced:

As of August 31st, we will no longer be able to support the retrieval of license keys for the songs you purchased from MSN Music or the authorization of additional computers.

MSN Music died a cruel, miserable death in 2006, but those who downloaded music through the service were still allowed to move the files to a new computer, and download a new licence to allow it to play - but timebombing the music until the MSN Music site finally gets cremated... probably 2010-2011, so you've got a good while yet. However, Microsoft have double backed on their previous announcement, and announced they'll continue, past the original 31st August 2008 deadline. From an anonymous source, the email reads:

On April 22, Microsoft notified you that as of August 31st, 2008, we would be changing the level of support for music purchased from MSN Music, and while your existing purchased music would continue to play, you would no longer be able to authorize new PCs and devices to play that music.

After careful consideration, Microsoft has decided to continue to support the authorization of new computers and devices and delivery of new license keys for MSN Music customers through at least the end of 2011, after which we will evaluate how much this functionality is still being used and what steps should be taken next to support our customers. This means you will continue to be able to listen to your purchased music and transfer your music to new PCs and devices beyond the previously announced August 31, 2008 date.

Microsoft continues to recommend that you back up your music on CD or hard drive along with other important data.

Sincerely,

MSN Music team

It seems like Microsoft have done something right for once, considering some people believe the company is more evil than an al-Qaeda suggestion box.

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  • When a mugger stop mugging you, he's doing something right?

    But it's ok for a monopoly to hold whole nations back as the knowledge economy progresses, via anti-competitive illegal pre-installs?
    fr0thy2
  • RE: Microsoft double-backs and extends DRM support for MSN Music

    What the hell are you on about?

    If someone's just come up to you and said, "give me your wallet", and then through some divine intervention says, "actually wait, this is wrong, I apologise - have a good day" - yes that's doing something right, as opposed to continuing to do something wrong.

    Someone tried to mug me just outside Charing Cross station in London - I was in a bad mood, I just shouted at the top of my voice, "F**k off! You think you can try and mug me? IN A VERY BUSY STREET WHERE EVERYONE CAN SEE YOU?". Obviously by raising attention to the young chap, he soon decided to scoot.
    zwhittaker
  • They did the right thing, but...

    MS has drawn attention to one of DRM's larger drawbacks... what happens when the vendor discontinues the service. I'm guessing that MS changed course in an effort to defuse that very issue, given that they're one of the biggest advocates of DRM.
    John L. Ries
  • A reformed criminal backsliding

    is hardly newsworthy, but.... with the notoriety of Microsoft, front page headline. Except that.... they didn't reform to begin with, so how could they backslide? Makes this story another double whammy.
    Ole Man