In order to protect electronic freedom and privacy; and protest in opposition to DRM or Dia Contra Los DRMos, BandDot is out there with some Free Tunes and videos that you can download without any cost, on Day Against DRM, October 3rd. If you own a computer, portable media player, or personal recording device, you may join the protest to protect your property rights, since DRM is not about protecting copyright holders from violation, but about thwarting the property rights of public.
This is a serious blunder by Microsoft. Why are two products from the same company not compatible with each other? Windows Media Player DRM and the Zune DRM will not work with Vista as its software’s and devices only play protected music files from Zune market place. With this scenario, people are left only with a choice either to choose a Microsoft Zune or to go for latest edition for operating system Vista. This may be a hit for Microsoft product market. Until now, the company has not declared anything related to the problem. The solution should come up fast before the business launch of Vista on November 30. The company should introduce a patch or update enabling the Zune to work with Vista.
Following the proclamation of its Hassle Free MP3 Player, couple of weeks back, CMTECH is all set for compact and portable Live CA-C265 with 54.4 x 39.6 x 12.7mm dimensions weighting 34g, possibly one of the smallest digital audio players available in the market. Featuring integrated FM radio, support for MP3/WMA/TXT, and a USB 2.0 high speed interface, in addition to unique features designed to learn foreign languages, the mp3 player with wide buttons presents 1.2-inches LCD with the resolutions of 128×64 that supports 65,000 colors, DRM, 2GB memory, voice recording, direct encoding, text viewer and many more. Its battery life is about 12 hours, rather sufficient for one go. Still no words on pricing as well as availability.
Crayola has flaunted its latest MP3 player (YCMW2816) presenting blue backlit LCD display, 256MB WMA, dual stereo headphones jacks and SD & MMC memory expansion slot. Featuring USB 2.0/backward compatibility, electronic volume EQ with presets, the new MP3 player is ID3 Tag and DRM compatible as well. The YCMW2816 runs on a single AAA battery. There is nothing much special to swank about the player apart from that it comes for just US $50. An MP3 for such a price is really economical.
To mend the earlier thrashings due to the exploding battery adversity that followed the launch of the PS3, Sony was desperately looking for some strong and forceful stand-ins to remain in the fray for supremacy in the MP3 player market. the word in the street says that Sony is on the hunt for an MP3 player, which will rather be in the lines of or could bear a resemblance to the Apple’s iTunes/iPod combo or Microsoft’s Zune player that you might be able to get hold of by the end of 2007. Stan Glasgow, Sony Electronics head, also hinted the desertion of the DRMs from the upcoming media player. Therefore, if the new player suggested by the Sony could be able come even a bit near to the aforesaid mighty players, who knows you will have another option to choose between. Better to wait and watch. No suggested words on pricing.
Two companies, C4T and DRMS, are set to release the EZmax, a DRM-loaded playback only DAP that seemingly is based on the ‘digital disc’ (DD), in the Japanese market. The player was already launched in the Korean market by Liztech earlier. Featuring a proprietary file format, headphone jack, a five-band equalizer and the ‘acuagraphy’ watermarking technique, the impending DAP will come pre-loaded with tunes ranging between 32MB to 2GB capacities and will be purchased straight from the record labels. The EZmax runs on a single AAA battery. Though, there is no exact information of pricing, the DAP probably will hit the Japanese market early in the year 2007. And hopefully will also bring some sort of stability and fidelity in the illegitimate music market of Japan.
VirginMega.Fr, the second music store in France behind iTunes has planned to offer more than 200,000 tracks directly through its online music that are devoid of any DRM. All the tracks will come in 256kbps MP3 format. Until now, the store offered Microsoft’s PlayForSure WMA 192k tracks only. With this move, France is the first country to have a full-DRM store adopting MP3 in a large amount. I am not pleased with the fact that VirginMega won’t allow users to search based on file format since that won’t show the big 4 the consumers want to know. Anyway, if you are not too choosy on tunes you listen too, VirginMega will open a separate website in March 2007 with the new MP3 catalogue. Via: djing