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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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RIAA needs to go away
By Tiamat on 10/17/2006 9:46:07 AM , Rating: 3
In other news, Tower Records has been liquidated and Virgin megastore in Boston, mA is closing.

I will repeat myself, RIAA is going after the wrong people. They need to work on CD prices if they want to stunt mp3 sharing. Virgin Megastore usually sells cds for 18$. They have gotten very little business over the past 5 years, in my opinion, due to such exurberant prices. Fast forward to recent times, Virgin Megastore has announced they are closing in Novemever and slash prices 50%. End result: Store is packed with customers most of whom are purchasing more than 6 cds.

Lets see what happened:
Slash prices by 50% -> Volume of customers increases (>10 fold) drastically AND volume of cd sales PER customer increases drastically (>5fold). Now my observation is definately not scientific, but it seems to have a very strong trend...

RE: RIAA needs to go away
By Spivonious on 10/17/2006 10:37:46 AM , Rating: 2
The same thing happened when Sam Goody closed in my local mall. They put everything 50%-80% off and the store was packed with people. I personally know people who went there and bought things they normally wouldn't have, just because the price was lower.

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