Declaration Of InDRMpendence

Hey – Doc Searls posted the first response to this article!… David Berlind of ZDNet writes:

Is your anti-virus or anti-spyware technology warning you about the Digital Rights Management software on your computer? If not, it should be. It’s a Trojan horse of the worst kind.

Earlier today, after describing to a close friend the rock and the hard place that I’m between since I can’t easily play the 99 cent songs I buy through Apple’s iTunes music store on my $20,000 whole home entertainment setup, he said “Dave… check out Sonos’ solution. It’ll solve your problem for about $500 per room.”

Not that I have another $500 per room to spend, but I checked into it and the solution is indeed very cool. The units that you put into each room wirelessly form a self-organized mesh and just one of them needs access to your music library on a computer or network attached storage (NAS) device. Unfortunately, if I buy Sonos’ gear, it appears as though I’ll run in the same problem that I’m already having. According to a technical specifications page on Sonos Web site, “DRM-encrypted and Apple or WMA Lossless formats not currently supported.” In other words, songs purchased through iTunes that are wrapped in Apple’s FairPlay digital rights management (DRM) envelope won’t work.

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