Thursday, September 21, 2006

Microsoft Removes Even More Of Your Rights.

An exquisite rant from The Inquirer about the upcoming Windows Media Player 11. The salient points for those with too little time to read it are;

1. Windows Media Player 11 does not permit you to back up your media usage rights (previously known as licenses) so you can't move your music from one PC to another. Well you can, but it won't play or anything.

2. If you rip your own CDs then "you might be able to restore your usage rights by playing the file. You will be prompted to connect to a Microsoft Web page that explains how to restore your rights a limited number of times". They're my OWN bought and paid for CDs you fuckers!

3. Recorded TV shows that are protected with media usage rights, such as some TV content recorded on premium channels, will not play back after 3 days when Windows Media Player 11 Beta 2 for Windows XP is installed on Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005. So if you're on holiday for a week, you're shit out of luck for the first four days of recordings.

Enjoy! Or change to Linux/Unix/FreeBSD as an OS.

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Blogger Mia said...

So, for the not-quite-so-techie's among us, how does this affect us if we have Windows XP as our OS but use iTunes for our default media player? Can they still screw us?

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is Silas, just forgot my password! Heh.

Actually, iTunes is about to release some script which gives you a "transfer purchases from iPod" menu option in iTunes 7.

iTunes will fuck you in a different but still painful way, but at the moment, it's the lesser of two evils by a long way.

But as there is some Digital Rights Management stuff on there (I think it's called FairPlay ironically enough) they're reserving the right to anally rape you at some point in the future.


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