Vodafone Makes Its Music Catalog DRM Free

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News Posted: Sun, Mar 15 2009 12:44 PM

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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3vi1 replied on Mon, Mar 16 2009 10:05 AM

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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3vi1 replied on Mon, Mar 16 2009 2:54 PM

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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ice91785 replied on Mon, Mar 16 2009 2:54 PM

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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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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ice91785 replied on Tue, Mar 17 2009 1:09 AM

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

To which you replied? ;)

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3vi1 replied on Wed, Mar 18 2009 8:16 PM

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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