Creative Removes FM Recording
October 16, 2006 6:17 PM
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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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Does Creative have the right...
10/17/2006 2:44:48 AM
to remove a feature that it advertised on its product and sold to consumers? Maybe the consumer should think about pressuring Creative about this decision. If you tell someone that that the product they buy from you will function as such, don't let them pay their hard earned dollars for the product and then remove the function. It seems dishonest to me and poor business ethic.
RE: Does Creative have the right...
10/17/2006 5:07:55 PM
You bring up a very good point, I can see the EFF starting a class action lawsuit against Creative on this note.
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