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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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About time
By FXi on 11/20/2006 7:15:32 AM , Rating: 4
The removal of the recording feature infuriated customers and was just plain stupid really.

There are easily half a dozen ways to record over the air FM to a digital destination now as it is. Even if the RIAA complains (which is the only thing they seem to do as a group), there is no effective way to argue that this isn't a common accepted free for all. If a song is broadcast free over the air, it can be recorded. This has been true for decades and would be pretty difficult to argue in court that suddenly there was a reason to stop this accepted practice.

RIAA is nothing but a group of leeching lawyers fronting for an overpaid industry in desperate need of lessons in how to compete rather than litigate.

RE: About time
By camped69 on 11/20/2006 11:30:43 AM , Rating: 2

RE: About time
By Soviet Robot on 11/21/2006 2:49:59 AM , Rating: 2
The stupid thing on RIAA's part is that the corporate radio station owners pay the RIAA's labels more than they deserve. They have it fully licensed to broadcast over the air. We should have the right to "capture" any free broadcast that is approved by the copyright holder.

Distributing it is another thing, but then again these are thought crimes. Making it legal for someone to make a personal copy of a DVD they already own(a license, really) does not mean they are selling those copies.

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