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Creative does a 180 on FM recording

Last month, Creative drew the ire of many Zen owners with the release of a firmware update that disabled FM radio recording. Although no one that heavily used the feature was likely to download and install the firmware update, Creative also announced that future players would also have FM recording removed.

The RIAA was of course cited as the main reason behind the move by Creative as the organization has become quite litigation-happy in recent years.

Apparently, Creative has had a change of heart and has released a new firmware update which re-enables FM recording on its Zen Vision: M player. A single line in the readme file of firmware version 1.60.01 reads "Adds FM recording (for players with current firmware version 1.50.02 or 1.51.02)."

There was no reason cited for adding FM recording back into the fold, but Zen Vision: M users can consider themselves safe... for now.

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a reason...
By yzhu92 on 11/18/2006 11:02:24 PM , Rating: 3
probably cos someone wanted to sue them cos they marketed the feature so they cant just remove it.

RE: a reason...
By Chillin1248 on 11/18/2006 11:53:19 PM , Rating: 5
I concur.

I just don't see how you can market a feature which most likely persuaded many buyers to acquire this [Zen] instead of, for example, a I-Pod, and then remove it later on with no basis in the EULA (for the software part) or with the warranty/license agreement.


RE: a reason...
By Archmaille on 11/19/2006 2:25:33 AM , Rating: 3
Wouldn't doubt it. You could also look at all the complaining that went on here at DailyTech alone when the firmware was released to remove FM recording.

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