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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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By InTheNameOfMyself on 10/17/2006 1:46:29 AM , Rating: 3
Hey, back up minute.

Who records or even listens to the radio anyways?

By Omega215D on 10/17/2006 1:57:08 AM , Rating: 2
I use the radio record feature on my iRiver H320 and Cowon X5XL to store good new releases for future purchases since I always seem to start recording after a few seconds of a song or at the tail end of it with the radio commentators cutting in around 10 sec. before the song is over.

Plus the local radio station does nice mash-ups or mixes that aren't in stores. Hell they encouraged you to make a playlist and send it in.

By daftrok on 10/17/2006 2:05:11 AM , Rating: 1
And don't forget HD radio, where FM has 5.1 surround sound and AM is upgraded to stereo. There will be a loophole. No FM recording. But they didn't say no HD Radio recording ;)

By daftrok on 10/17/2006 2:12:24 AM , Rating: 4
And audio cassettes, when buying the right ones, sound INCREDIBLE. I thought I was listening to a CD when I was blasting "Gangsta's Paradise" down the street in my '97 Intrepid. Ah, the '90s, it was a simpler time. Playstation came out with its Metal Gear Solidness and Twisted Metal of Glory. Monica Lewinski was blowing Clinton while screaming girls ran to the store to buy audio cassettes to record the FM radio while it played the entire Backstreet Boys album. People had their VCRs set to record that Friend's episode where Phoebe gave birth to her brother's triplets and people pulled out their 35mm camera to take that 4"x6" shot of the license plate that says PNS MAN. Cellphones began to shrink in size and Apple was the laughing stock of the PC world with its fully manual removable CD tray that you had to poke with a pen for a few minutes before you hear that little click and use ur nails to pull out the was a simpler time.

By mindless1 on 10/18/2006 8:29:49 AM , Rating: 2
I listen to the radio all the time, but then I live just outside a large metropolitan area so there's tons of stations, I can always hit the preset button a couple times when necessary. Plus, nobody has EVERYTHING in MP3 format, maybe eventually you can download most everything but that'll get pricey and you could never remember so many songs to get, sometimes you had no thought about a song at any given moment but then you hear it again and it's a nice surprise. Not bad having somebody else do the shuffle play for you either.

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