"EchoLocation" <EchoLocation@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> If you're serious about competing in this
> sector, you NEED to make this whole thing easier to use. Work with the
> vendors and change your technology so it's easier for the vendors to use.
Look at Urge and Zune. Vote with your wallet for vendors who support what
But I think the Urge and Zune models pretty much address almost everything
you're asking about.
> My understanding is that all stores enforce at least some limit to the
> number of times you can transfer songs to a new PC. And any limit is too
> small if you ask me. I should be able to replace my computer with a new
> every day if i want to so long as I only have my songs on one computer at
The likelihood that you would be doing this is small. Designing the market
around the 0.0001% case isn't effective. But most vendors can work with you
pretty effectively in case of errors/strangeness such as you are describing.
"One computer at a time" is kind of sad for home networks. My boss just
came up to today talking about how excited his (7 year old) son was about
WMP11 and had to install it to every machine in the house. So if you get an
Urge subscription but can only play the latest ****Bop on Lappy but not on
the upstairs desktop, it sucks
This is a complex field and tons of great minds are working on it.
> To me, the only easy-to-use approach is one where you copy your music to
> new PC, and the first time you try to play a song, it should automatically
> take you to a website that allows you to transfer ALL of your song
> to a new computer in one shot.
This should work fairly effectively with vendors who support this path.
> There are TONS of messages on discussion groups all over the Internet on
> this. Do some searches on Windows Media Player 11, and you'll see what I
> mean. I'm not the only one having this problem.
There's lots of information and misinformation, and generally random
searches in this arena are fairly to extremely useless, sadly.
It's a fascinating field that must get better. Urge and Zune should offer
an extremely better experience than the old fashions in this arena. If your
vendor doesn't support what you want, move to one that will.
Since this is more about DRM design than about anything technical, I'll have
to bow out of this discussion now. Like I said, if your store doesn't
support your usage model, Urge should. There was a lot of freedom given in
the MS DRM model, and some vendors may not have supported what you would
consider "enough". Vote with your feet and wallet. Since there's
competition in this space, sticking with a sad insufficient provider does no
one any good. =)
Speaking for myself only.
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