Microsoft is officially abandoning PlaysForSure in August. Any tracks you bought will no longer be transferrable to new computers.
But, hey, there’s always Zune.
From the comments there, it appears all you have to do is to make CDs and re-rip. Before August 31st. Note also that Microsoft is doing this as it abandons music DRM.
I’ve used the exact same method to DRM-strip all the protected tracks I’ve bought (or downloaded for free) from the iTunes store. But I keep the original files for backups. I’d be mad as hell if Apple told me those files would no longer be transferable after a certain date.
Apple is also in the process of *trying* to get rid of DRM, but most of the record labels aren’t playing along. In the meantime, I use Amazon’s DRM-free purchasing as much as possible.
But for my favorite music… I still buy all of that on CD, and rip to a lossless format. It’s a space hog, but storage is damn near free these days. A top of the line iPod Classic can hold my entire music collection almost four times over.
I’m sure both of the PlaysForSure users are pissed.
That’s why I prefer my music on vinyl, or on CDs if we have to be “modern” about it.
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