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Wal-Mart’s revamped online music store plays nicely with Mac, Linux

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| Amazon MP3 and iTunes—the only two online music stores that really matter—
| have another competitor to worry about now that Wal-Mart has re-launched its
| own music store. The “new and improved” (joke: how can something be
| both “new” and “improved”?) store sells DRM-free MP3s, most of which are
| encoded at 256kbps; some are only 192 kbps.
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http://www.crunchgear.com/2008/10/28...ith-mac-linux/


Recent:

Wal-Mart's DRM Nightmare Just Won't End

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| Wal-Mart has decided to keep the music that it sold wrapped in a layer of
| copyright protection playable, following a flurry of customer complaints
| about legally purchased music becoming unplayable.
|
| [...]
|
| While they're at it, why not make the Wal-Mart music store work with
| operating systems other than Windows and browsers other than Internet
| Explorer? The company says over 60 percent of its customers have internet
| access, and music has traditionally been one of its strong suits in the
| physical retail world. It has a big incentive for continuing to get its act
| together online.
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http://blog.wired.com/music/2008/10/...rt-will-c.html


Wal-Mart Drops DRM Servers, Customers Lose Music

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| To those of you who were loyal early adopters of Wal-Mart's music download
| service, Wal-Mart has a message for you: Say goodbye to your music. Since
| February Wal-Mart has offered only DRM-free songs for download, but before
| that customers of Wal-Mart's service could download songs encoded with DRM.
| BoingBoing picked up an e-mail Wal-Mart sent to its customers saying the DRM
| servers will be shut down on October 9, making it impossible for customers to
| transfer their DRM encoded music to a music device or another PC after that
| date.
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http://blogs.pcworld.com/staffblog/archives/007820.html


Related:

A Linux User's Perspective on the ITunes Store (and DRM in General)

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| What if tomorrow you went to Best Buy or Walmart or Sam Goody and purchased a
| CD? What if, before you left the store, the salesman told you that although
| the CD was in all other respects a standard CD, that you could only play it
| if you owned a Pioneer or Sony stereo? Would that make any sense? Would it
| make you a bit hesitant about buying music from that store again?
|
| Well, if you purchase music or videos from the iTunes Store,
|
| [...]
|
| With content from the iTunes Store, however, users may find themselves a bit
| stuck if they ever want to make the switch to a more open computing platform,
| such as Linux. Because none of the DRM-restricted content from the iTunes
| Store will play on Linux. And it's all because that's how Apple wants it, to
| be honest, and not because of any technical limitation.
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http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...he_itunes.html


Apple's latest trick to enforce digital rights

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| [...]
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| With this version of iTunes, users were finding that music
| subjected to the old download-burn-rip would no longer
| load onto their iPods.
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http://archive.gulfnews.com/articles.../10131156.html
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