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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: Know your Enemies
By kkwst2 on 10/17/2006 1:33:23 AM , Rating: 2
I agree to an extent. However, it's often too much work to find bands not on these major labels. They all sign like lemmings. Even when you find a great independent band, they eventually sign with a major label. I had the energy for this 10 years ago, but not now.


RE: Know your Enemies
By sxr7171 on 10/17/2006 1:50:06 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah it's a really tough moral dilemma. If I had my way, I would never buy anything from an RIAA member anymore, but I don't steal music either. There are some pieces of music I want to listen to, what do I do? I really do limit my music purchases these days.


RE: Know your Enemies
By sxr7171 on 10/17/2006 1:52:53 AM , Rating: 3
BTW, I used to dislike others stealing music, but now I just don't care anymore. I hope these record labels lose so much of the market from people downloading copies of music that they all get to a point where some sense gets beaten into them.


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