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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Anything worth ripping on FM anyway?
10/17/2006 8:56:28 AM
Here in Philly we have ONE rock station that plays the same old cr@p day after day. Unless you really, really like Led Zeppelin you are SOL - except for their morning show Preston & Steve. Now that's worth listening to - but they podcast so no worries there.
Radio is dying, but the video star didn't kill it (when's the last time you saw MTV actually play a music video?) - the record industry did. Yep, the same outfit that RIAA works for.
Instead of pushing small acts, the record industry goes for the big kill with the occasional superstar record that sells millions.
The result? We find music through alternative channels.
FM is dead. Stick a fork in it.
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