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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 isaacmacdonald on 10/16/2006 10:06:45 PM , Rating: 3
I agree. This is getting ridiculous. What about when I hear something clever on NPR that has nothing to do with the RIAA? These anti-social people need to stop trying to inhibit technology by suing everyone, and start devising business plans.

RE: Cassette Tapes Anyone!?
By rushfan2006 on 10/17/2006 12:48:29 PM , Rating: 2
The most absurd thing about the RIAA with all its analness is if you read their propoganda they sell their mission as protecting the rights of professional recording artists and what not.....

But in all reality, the RIAA really represents the executives of the industry...the people, in other words, who "truly" see the lion's share of the profits. Not the direct "artist" (though the term "artist" should be very cautiously applied to most music acts today).

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