Saturday, February 10, 2007

End of DRM soon?

The Register has a good article about this. Soon, partly thanks to Apple, DRM (at least on music) should be going.

In case you don't know, DRM (Digital Rights/Restrictions Management) is what stops you from playing lots of the music you download legally on the device of your choice. It means you can't play iTunes music on a Zen and can't play music you download from your phone on your eyePod. Or car, or friends computer, etc.

Important things to note:

  • DRM makes it harder for the average consumer to do what they want with their music. It does not stop piracy - pirates can always crack DRM. In fact, even with DRM, it is still easier to download a song illegally than it is legally. The illegal song will work on any phone / computer / MP3 player.
  • There has always been lots of music downloadable (free and paid for) which does not have DRM. e.g. eMusic. Though this is only music which hasn't been signed by large record companies.
What's happened recently is the record labels are realizing that customers don't want to buy restricted products. They are also beginning to realize they'll make more profits (esp in the long run) by selling music without DRM on it.

This is all good news for us customers because it means it will be easier to buy music and easier to play music.

The bad news is that online video downloads have only just started becoming popular and they have even more DRM than music downloads.

14 days until Wedding!

So, we're still at stage 13 of How to buy a house. Hopefully we may be on step 14 on the 16th Feb. Other housey things are going OK. We're mostly just waiting for solicitors.

Wedding plans are going well but it seems like there's so much to sort out. Getting very excited now - only 10 days of work left!

Work is going well. Though since my web development skills are getting better it makes me realize like sites like this are poo. Also if I think too much at work then I sometimes dream JavaScript. I wonder if I could pull the RSS comments to this blog through XHR with some kind of AJAX stuff (probably based on jQuery - v cool).