The Day the Music Stopped

This post could also be called “the day DRM jumped the shark”. The momentum has definitely turned in favor of getting rid of DRM altogether, let’s hope that consumers vote with their dollars and choose DRM free content and hardware whenever possible. DRM free is a relative term but still represents an ideal we should reward content providers for enabling.

Microsoft’s PlaysForSure DRM just took another step closer to the grave with the help of some rebranding. Those of you with players from SanDisk, Nokia, and Creative among others, looking for compatible music from Napster, Real Rhapsody, Yahoo Music, Wal-Mart and such must now look for the “Certified for Windows Vista” logo, not PlaysForSure. Of course, Microsoft’s Zune is also certified for Windows Vista, just not certified for Windows Vista so it won’t play back the same protected files. Man, could DRM get any more consumer unfriendly? [From Microsoft rebrands PlaysForSure to Certified For Windows Vista, confuses world – Engadget]