I have to admit, this is not something that I had planned on talking about today. Initially, it was just going to be about this. Yeah, Home Depot selling computers, what’s next? Adequate staffing? With all seriousness folks, today I present to you something that I have claimed was coming. Today, you can legally purchase music from a music store and actually purchase songs from popular, mainstream bands…. without any DRM whatsoever.
What’s the catch? Well, in order to remain legal with distributing music according to the original agreement that this company reached with a major distribution group, one must purchase the CD, but they have immediate access to all of the songs purchase in 192kbps quality. I assume the CD is then shipped to you later. Who is behind this ground breaking concept? Why, the man running Linspire – Michael Robertson.
Obviously, I already have my credit card out and am making selections to support what I see being a very important step forward away from this music DRM nonsense. After all, I want to see the artists getting paid! And the fact remains that DRM sucks for everyone, not just those not using OS X or Windows. Special rules, renting your music — it’s all very silly in my eyes.
Unfortunately, the fanfare may have hit a speed bump. Because of some serious miscommunication, AnywhereCD has been forced to protect itself by taking legal action against distributor Warner Music Group. Because this is still an active issue, I am simply going to point to the blog post rather than trying to explain how things got rocky so quickly. Does this mean that the million plus dollars spent to get this off the ground are for naught? Nope, I do not believe that at all. Personally, I am going to make purchases from AnywhereCD and let this work itself out. I would also point out that this is not likely to be the first time we will see the industry freak on a whim, even after it inked a deal giving clear permission to do what AnywhereCD is doing with music downloads. I think this could be, given time and more labels, the beginning of mainstream music lessening its dependency on the DRM silliness. After all, the math is simple. Mainstream bands + no DRM = making sales to people like me. It’s really that simple.