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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RE: SHAME ON ALL OF YOU!
10/18/2006 8:29:49 AM
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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