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Vodafone Makes Its Music Catalog DRM Free

Vodafone Makes Its Music Catalog DRM Free

Astoundingly, it looks like the darkest DRM days are behind us. As more and more companies digest the fact that DRM only hurts the legitimate buyers and gives pirates even more incentive to plunder for  illicit bounty, we're seeing the DRM shackles removed from music stores across the web. The latest major company to cast aside the chains of DRM is Vodafone, which has become the very first mobile operator on the planet to offer up its entire music catalog (for PCs and mobile phones) with absolutely no DRM.

In other words, when Vodafone customers download digital tracks from it, those subscribers can then move that file to any computer or media player and listen in without worrying over compatibility. So liberating just to think of, isn't it? Somehow or another, Vodafone managed to coerce Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and EMI Music to provide over a million tunes to Vodafone users free of DRM, with the deals being hailed as "first of their kind" in the mobile operator market. Basically, Vodafone has become the first to offer dual delivery of DRM free music without the need to sideload or synchronize.



We're told that DRM free tracks will initially roll out in Germany, Italy, Spain, New Zealand and the United Kingdom (summertime is the goal here), while other nations will have access to this beautiful bounty "in due time." One other important note is this: for Vodafone customers who already own DRM tracks, they'll be able to upgrade those WMA files to DRM free MP3 files at no charge "within the existing download allowance." Classy move, Vodafone -- here's hoping it sparks waves of others following suit.


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Good to see NZ is near the front for once, although DRM Free is just asking for piracy.

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tanka12345:

Good to see NZ is near the front for once, although DRM Free is just asking for piracy.

I think you have that backwards.

People will actually buy a non-DRM'd product that will play on their MP3 players, Phones, PSPs, Linux *and* Windows systems.

A DRM-laden product requires them to get a non-encumbered version through an 'alternative' channel to be as equally useful.

DRM hasn't been successful in preventing any "piracy", it's only inconvenienced people that bought the legitimate product.

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I know that, but what I meant is that although DRM Free tracks mean more sales, and give users more convenience, it also gives an easier means for illegal copying/distribution.

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I like that everyone is FINALLY buying in to the DRM-free movement. Seemingly a domino effect, I can listen to music how/when/where i want to....after all i AM paying for it, so its only right. 

RIP DRM!!!

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Can't get much easier than it already is:

Install any P2P program, or...

Use a stream ripper to grab the song from an internet radio station, or...

Find a friend that has the actual CD and rip that, or...

Find one of those grey-area MP3 sites and buy the drm-free version for 10cents.

Some DRM-free versions encode (and potentially encrypt) the buyers info in the file. I'm much less likely to give someone a file that has my name attached to it (which might then get distributed gods-knows-where) than to tell them to buy their own.

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3vi1:
Can't get much easier than it already is:
True question from a co worker the other day. "How do I get my music from limewire to my mp3 player?"

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bob_on_the_cob:
"How do I get my music from limewire to my mp3 player?"

To which you replied? ;)

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I would have said "format c: /autotest", but I can't be sure which brand of mp3 player he was using.

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bob_on_the_cob:

 True question from a co worker the other day. "How do I get my music from limewire to my mp3 player?"

 

 

Some people don't deserve broadband.

 

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