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May 16, 2007

Amazon Does the Right Thing™

Amazon.com to Launch DRM-Free MP3 Music Download Store with Songs and Albums from EMI Music and More Than 12, Other Labels. Amazon's long awaited music download service is not laden with useless, crippling, and insulting DRM. Yes, Apple iTunes finally woke up and smelled the roses and is shedding the DRM albatross, but Amazon waited until it could do it without the DRM crap from the start.

Now I can, and will, buy downloadable music. Thank you, Amazon. I'll buy from you, not from DRM slave Apple.

I have not bought even CDs in the last several years because of the DRM idiocy. I have also not downloaded anything that was not expressly made available for download by the artists, without DRM.

I still won't buy DRM encumbered CDs or DVDs. My roomies do, but they are too wedded to their video addiction to forgo DVD movies and TV shows on a basis of principle.

To all of those who want to sell stuff to people like me, take this as a hint: I will not buy DRM encumbered media. I will not buy the devices required to play DRM crap, and that won't play anything but DRM crap.

(Disclaimer: I work for an Amazon subsidiary. I'm still thrilled on a personal and ethical level.)

Posted by ljl at May 16, 2007 12:58 PM