As though we need still another reason to hate DRM, here comes one. Remember the now-defunct MSN Music store? Hopefully you weren't one of the few to use it.
Customers who have purchased music from Microsoft's now-defunct MSN
Music store are now facing a decision they never anticipated making:
commit to which computers (and OS) they want to authorize forever, or
give up access to the music they paid for. Why? Because Microsoft has
decided that it's done supporting the service and will be turning off
the MSN Music license servers by the end of this summer.
MSN Entertainment and Video Services general manager Rob Bennett sent
out an e-mail this afternoon to customers, advising them to make any
and all authorizations or deauthorizations before August 31. "As of
August 31, 2008, 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," reads the e-mail seen by Ars.
"You will need to obtain a license key for each of your songs
downloaded from MSN Music on any new computer, and you must do so
before August 31, 2008. If you attempt to transfer your songs to
additional computers after August 31, 2008, those songs will not
And people wonder why we want DRM-free music. After all, users paid for these songs, and yet - grrrr.