"Jerry" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>>> Thats not good you had to do that kinda makes yous wonder if its worth
>>> buying legal downloads. I don't often agree with Steve Jobs but what he
>>> said about getting rid of DRM is spot on, even though he has his own
>>> personal agenda.
>> I wouldn't buy anything with DRM on it, especially music. If there's
>> something I want I'll buy the CD version and rip it, from which it will
>> go onto my server in lossless quality to be spread around the house.
>> Paul Smith,
>> Yeovil, UK.
>> Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User.
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> Thats fine until its just one track you may want in which case Napster et
> al is very handy. In fairness to Napster each time I have had to
> redownload my track they just add a download flag to my account and away a
> go. However soem artist remove their work and its then gone which should
> be illegal.
What happens when Napster goes out of business? Or signs another deal with
the record companies that protects them and throws their customers to the
wolves? You think they're too big to go out of business? Microsoft shut
down MSN Music. Napster isn't bigger than Microsoft. Currently, at least
I've been told, Microsoft still maintains the MSN Music license servers but
for how long? 5 years? Perhaps. 10 years? Probably not. 20 years? Not
Soon, all MSN Music downloads will quit working. All those millions of
dollars spent down the tubes.
The day will come, I believe, that the same will be said of all online
downloads including Napster.
Let alone the fact that Napster has such a bad reputation because they
turned their backs on their customers in the interest of a deal with the
record companies and the whole purpose they originally came into existence
was to spread spyware and malware. Media sharing was just the enabling
tool. Media was never their business model.