Monday, October 1, 2007

Tired of DRM

I am just tired of DRM for music.  Recently, I have been trying to figure out the best way to play my music, without using our computers.  For example, I want to play our music on my linux laptop.  Since iTunes doesn't run on Linux, I can't play this music.  (I could run iTunes in wine or in VMWare on the linux laptop, but that is too much of a hassle.)  Also, I am interested in getting a SqueezeBox.  In addition to playing my content, it can play from various internet streaming sources. 

MPtunes is a service that can help facilitate these.  With MP3tunes, you upload your music content to your "locker", and then you can play it on any web connected computer or devices like the SqueezeBox.  You can upload drm-protected content to your "locker", but it will not play on most devices (I assume that it will play when you are accessing the content through iTunes.)

So, now I am trying to figure out what to do with all of this protected content.  Ideally, I would be able to go to iTunes and purchase the iTunes Plus (drm free) tracks for all of the protected tracks.  Unfortunately, since EMI is the only label offering these tracks, only 71 of our tracks were available.  (And I upgraded those tracks)

Now, I guess, I will have to burn all of those tracks to CD, and re-rip them (Unfortunatelly, this will loose some quality, unless I rip them in a lossless format).

 From now on, I am not purchasing any drm protected tracks.  I tried emusic, but their selection doesn't have the tracks that I am interested in.  (Also, I don't really want to pay a monthly fee, if I am not downloading new tracks.)

I think that I will be purchasing my tracks at Amazon MP3.  There you get relatively good quality mp3 audio files, with no drm, at a price cheaper than iTunes.  The only thing that I need to figure out is how to download albums on Linux.  (Their album downloading application is currently available for Mac or Windows.

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