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Yahoo to lock tracks from defunct online store

updated 02:55 pm EDT, Thu July 24, 2008

Yahoo Music DRM deadline

All ability to copy or transfer tracks bought through Yahoo Music will end with the month of September, an announcement indicates. Beginning on October 1st the company is shutting off the delivery of DRM keys for tracks, a move which should leave the music playable locally, but difficult if not impossible to copy to a portable player, second hard drive, or compact disc. The deadline follows months after the closure of Yahoo Music sales, which have since been replaced by a partnership with Real's DRM-free Rhapsody service.

The shutdown echoes Microsoft's dilemma with MSN Music, which has also closed shop and had an initial date of August 31st set for the expiry of DRM. Microsoft has since reacted to pressure however, and agreed to extend the life of its DRM servers until late 2011. Such concern is one of the primary reasons stores and labels have begun switching to DRM-free formats.




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  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Buyer beware

    of DRMed products.

  1. resuna

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Mix, Burn, Rip!

    Yahoo Music users, heed Apple's ad campaign, and Rip... um, Mix, Burn, Rip! Yeh, that's it!

  1. Athens

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    best solution..

    buy a song owner certificate from the labels and then your free to download or copy form any source the song to which you own the ownership to. No more DRM. No more double paying for difference services.

  1. resuna

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    How much does that cost?

    How much does a "song owner certificate" cost?

    What does it get me that a high quality rip from a CD doesn't?

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Good

    That'll learn people to buy content with DRM. That goes for all iTunes content besides "iTunes Plus" as well... Caveat emptor.

  1. resuna

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Slow Weasel?

    The slow brown weasel doesn't know how to rip the DRM out of their iTunes music?

  1. Elektrix

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    seriously, what is a...

    song owner certificate? a google search for "Song owner certificate" brings up exactly 1 hit...... your comment on this article.

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