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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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RE: Cassette Tapes Anyone!?
By delta53 on 10/16/2006 7:52:44 PM , Rating: 5
This reminds me of a very simialar debat...Sony with the VHS tapes for TV....CD burners...DVD burners...I wish creative would fight this. I would love to have my car record radio programs while I was at work so I could listen to it during my commute or record a show that I am listening to so I could actually go into the store and not sit in my car listening to the end and look like an idiot. The point is that someone will figure out a way to get around the system and download the song/show and distribute it but a crook will be a crook. Just keep the honest man honest and make it hard to do so. Beside, for people that want song, do they actually what FM quality?

RE: Cassette Tapes Anyone!?
By geeg on 10/16/2006 10:23:51 PM , Rating: 4
welcome to the corporate america.

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