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Tuesday, August 16, 2005
(Via Rednova) The digital tracks solid in the US alone has doubled in one year. The market for legitimate music downloads is booming, but the stumbling block of incompatibility will not go away. DRM technology wraps around song files to block mass copying and peer-to-peer distribution of music downloads. It dictates when, where and how music files can be consumed legitimately. At the heart of the problem are dueling digital-rights-management (DRM) systems from rivals Apple Computer and Microsoft. Files using either company's DRM are incompatible with players that support the other DRM. Microsoft's Windows Media DRM is supported on more than 60 devices and used for digital files sold by dozens of retailers, including Napster, AOL, Yahoo, RealNetworks, Virgin, FYE and Wal-Mart. Apple's DRM is called Fair Play and works only in Apple-controlled products and services like the iPod and the iTunes Music Store. Key to the long-term proposition of digital music is the idea of building a system where music can be accessed anywhere and everywhere. But in the short term, the industry is just looking for DRM rules to replicate with music files what consumers are used to doing with their CDs: moving seamlessly from home stereo to car to computer to portable players.
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