Friday, June 24, 2005

In Defense of DRM

I was going to write my own thoughts on the advantages of DRM but this article by Peter Rojas via engadget eloquently went over everything I would want to say.

The bottom line is DRM is good for everyone. Without some sort of DRM the content providers will not allow us to enjoy their media. And it is their media, when we buy a CD or DVD or any software for that matter we are just buying the rights to view/listen/use to that media, we do not own the content. Well implemented DRM allows us instant access to an ever expanding universe of media without hassle.

I subscribe to the Yahoo Music Unlimited service and for $60.00 a year I get access to a million tracks on three PC's and three compatible portable devices. I effing love this service. Not only does it have most of the music I am interested in but it has a killer personal radio feature and recommendation engine. I shelved my iPod and now use a Creative ZEN Micro. It is so easy any convenient to use that I don't even bother to rip my CD's anymore, easier to just DL from Yahoo Unlimited.

The best part is that it is 100% legal and the artists are getting compensated. In addition I am now exposed to the power of the community that likes the same things I like and refers new artists to me. I see this as renaissance period for the music industry and a way to make up for lost ground.

Unlike all the other restrictive DRM I have experienced the Yahoo service feels like I own the media. I can listen to my music at my work PC, my FR MCE and my home theater MCE and I can take it with me whenever I want to. I will gladly pay $60.00/year or more for the rest of my life, I just want to enjoy the universe of media available for a reasonable fee, I do not have to own it.

The sooner we all embrace well implemented DRM the sooner we can gain access to the all the incredible media out there.

30 Comments:

Blogger La Bona said...

Nice blog. Keep it up ...

Hi there

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I am invitation your views on ABORTION in order to present a case to help those in the developing world.

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8:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also subscribe to these views. I'm a Musicmatch On Demand $60 a year subscriber and enjoy many of the same benefits.

I've discovered some music I enjoy that I was unfamiliar with. I've also found additional albums by a favorite composer/arranger Henry Mancini), and I researched one of those selections ("On The Turning Away") back to its source (Pink Floyd) and discovered some wonderful lyrics.

I've constructed some delightful playlists. Next, I will link this music source through my receiver into my whole house audio system.

No longer do I bemoan the reality of the AM/FM wasteland encouraged by the FCC and US Congress.

4:06 AM  
Blogger Thomas Hawk said...

Adam,

This may work for you but does not for the hard core music enthusiast. The major problem with this approach is that you do not ultimately control the content for all time. 2 years from now Yahoo could change formats, they could increase their price etc.

I have spent literally hundreds of hours painstakingly organizing my library. Being able to rate a song 1 to 5 stars is really important to me. Although you might be able to do things like this in Yahoo! the problem is that who is going to guarantee that after spending the hunderds of hours ranking songs that they will not change format or something like that.

When I own an mp3, or should I say when an mp3 file resides on my PC and is properly backed up I know that all of the work that I do with the meta data and star rankings etc. will be preserved most likely for the rest of my life. I don't have the same confidence in Yahoo!

2:59 PM  
Anonymous Stephen Speicher said...

Thomas,

While your point is certainly valid, you're missing the other side of that double-edged sword.

Such a service ALSO means that switching costs are fairly low in other respects. Unlike switching from iTunes to MSN music, switching from one subscription-based service to another would be somewhat painless.

For instance:

Adam is now (apparently) a Yahoo subscriber. If MSN Music were, in fact, to launch a similar service next month, there is nothing really keeping him with Yahoo. He wouldn't have to transcode content. He wouldn't have to do anything except download the same music from the other site. Yahoo knows this and has incentive to keep prices low, service high, etc.

It is also a heck of an option for parents who have kids. $60 a year gives your child the ability to have all the music s/he wants. It means that you're not paying "real music" prices for all that pop crap.

The point was simply that it was another option that without DRM wouldn't exist.

Cheers and keep reading!
Steve

5:11 PM  
Blogger Adam Stone said...

Uhhh… I don’t know what the abortion rights comment is doing in this discussion; I guess there are no limits to SPAM. Kind of funny though, not the topic but the typo/link close to the bottom “Your Onion Counts!” Is Onion a metaphor, is that a double entendre?

Thomas has a point a hard core enthusiast will always want to “own” the content but that comes that ownership comes a significant expense in not only the costs of purchasing CD’s but the time to rip and catalog. Since MP3’s are not DRM that is the only choice. You really can not just buy a couple of songs; you have to buy the entire CD. Since Yahoo Music Unlimited uses Media Player the ranking system works the same and more importantly I can let other, more knowledgeable people (like Tom) rank my music for me.

My main point was that well implemented DRM is good for the industry. If unprotected files are allowed to populate it will ultimately take the music industry where they will not want to invest in anything but the most popular music. In order to survive artists need to be paid for their work. DRM and services like Yahoo Music Unlimited will allow unknown artists to flourish which is good for all music lovers.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I've enjoyed visiting your blog. I am trying to get my creative zen mp3 players site up and running. At the moment I am concentrating on the Zen Touch and Zen Sleek. Sadly, the Zen micro does not appear to still be available from Creative.

I've certainly got some way to go before that site meets the standards of your blog.

7:33 PM  
Anonymous kerry said...

Hi, I've enjoyed visiting your blog. I am trying to get my creative zen mp3 players site up and running. At the moment I am concentrating on the Zen Touch and Zen Sleek. Sadly, the Zen micro does not appear to still be available from Creative.

I've certainly got some way to go before that site meets the standards of your blog.

8:41 PM  
Anonymous kerry said...

Hi, I've enjoyed visiting your blog. I am trying to get my creative zen mp3 players site up and running. At the moment I am concentrating on the Zen Touch and Zen Sleek. Sadly, the Zen micro does not appear to still be available from Creative.

I've certainly got some way to go before that site meets the standards of your blog.

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Anonymous kerry said...

Hi, I've enjoyed visiting your blog. I am trying to get my creative zen mp3 players site up and running. At the moment I am concentrating on the Zen Touch and Zen Sleek. Sadly, the Zen micro does not appear to still be available from Creative.

I've certainly got some way to go before that site meets the standards of your blog.

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