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The RIAA strikes again

It looks like the RIAA's war on music pirates continues to affect not only legitimate consumers but music companies as well. This week, Creative announced that it will be removing FM radio recording from its portable music players from here on out. Creative has released a new firmware update for its Zen MicroPhoto and Zen Vision:M players that removes FM recording. We're finding it baffling that owners of the above products would rush to download such an update.

Earlier this year, XM Satellite Radio was handed a lawsuit by the RIAA for allow its subscribers to record satellite radio broadcasts onto portable XM players. XM argued that while users were able to record whatever they pleased, the songs were not transferable and users were not able to move data onto a computer. Despite this important detail, the RIAA pressed forward anyway, indicating that it wanted XM to pay a hefty $150,000 for every song that XM users downloaded.

MP3s, satellite radio and FM radio are all part of the RIAA's music portfolio. Companies are now facing stricter regulations and consumers continue to face ongoing lawsuits.

Besides removing FM recording off its new Zen firmware, Creative also introduced several minor fixes such as video zooming and language support.

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End of users using official firmware?
By neothe0ne on 10/16/2006 6:36:16 PM , Rating: 5
As an owner of a Zen Vision:M who uses FM Recording, I can't say I'm pleased by this. Either the users will NOT upgrade their firmware, or will use hacked firmwares. Either way, both Creative and the RIAA lose.

By dreddly on 10/16/2006 11:43:15 PM , Rating: 3
I think this news has actually convinced me to go buy one of these players just because they have made it inacessible. Way to go RIAA, you just created a new demand for the market.

No doubt those generic Chinese manufacturers will be all over this too.

By drxploder on 10/17/2006 12:22:07 AM , Rating: 4
They actually retracted the 1.50.02 (the ZVM firmware that strips FM recording), so get a backup of 1.41.02 from their website while you still can.

By captchaos2 on 10/17/2006 8:26:26 AM , Rating: 2
I'm so glad I buy those cheap chinese made mp3 players so I can record whatever I want.

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