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Langsam, Andy
2004-04-26, 13:20
what about digitally rights managed versions of MP3 and WMA.

With the explosion of people actually paying to download music that music
comes with restrictions - can
the Slimserver software deal with the issues that these protected versions
come in?


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Jack Coates
2004-04-26, 15:23
> what about digitally rights managed versions of MP3 and WMA.
>
> With the explosion of people actually paying to download music that music
> comes with restrictions - can
> the Slimserver software deal with the issues that these protected versions
> come in?

via externally produced plugins, yes. Native usage of DRM-ized files
requires licensing from the producer of those files, licensing which is
unlikely to be available at any cost to an open-source vendor. Even if it
is possible to get the licensing into Slimserver, that would add a cost to
the software which is inconsistent with the "free software, for-pay
hardware" model that we currently enjoy.

Personally, I think this is a fine case of caveat emptor. If one is out
there buying DRM-ized files and expecting to be able to use them without
care on any device in the world, that one needs to have their head
examined.

emusic.com and magnatune.com are just two of the vendors selling
non-DRM-ized files, more are available with a little research.
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Manager Matt
2004-04-26, 17:54
Most of these services allow you to burn these tracks to CD. If you burn it then re-rip and encode it. These files will be free of
DRM.

Matt

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jack Coates" <jack (AT) monkeynoodle (DOT) org>
To: "Slim Devices Discussion" <discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com>
Sent: Monday, April 26, 2004 6:23 PM
Subject: [slim] digitally rights managed MP3 AAC and WMA


>
> > what about digitally rights managed versions of MP3 and WMA.
> >
> > With the explosion of people actually paying to download music that music
> > comes with restrictions - can
> > the Slimserver software deal with the issues that these protected versions
> > come in?
>
> via externally produced plugins, yes. Native usage of DRM-ized files
> requires licensing from the producer of those files, licensing which is
> unlikely to be available at any cost to an open-source vendor. Even if it
> is possible to get the licensing into Slimserver, that would add a cost to
> the software which is inconsistent with the "free software, for-pay
> hardware" model that we currently enjoy.
>
> Personally, I think this is a fine case of caveat emptor. If one is out
> there buying DRM-ized files and expecting to be able to use them without
> care on any device in the world, that one needs to have their head
> examined.
>
> emusic.com and magnatune.com are just two of the vendors selling
> non-DRM-ized files, more are available with a little research.
> --
> Jack At Monkeynoodle.Org:
> It's A Scientific Venture...
>

Jack Coates
2004-04-26, 18:16
> Most of these services allow you to burn these tracks to CD. If you burn
> it then re-rip and encode it. These files will be free of
> DRM.
>
> Matt
> ...

I never said there weren't work-arounds, just that:

If one is out
>> there buying DRM-ized files and expecting to be able to use them without
>> care on any device in the world, that one needs to have their head
>> examined.

On a more positive note, I'm sitting in a hotel room 2,588 miles from home
as the crow flies, listening to my music via an ssh tunnel. No screwing
around with convert.conf, I just used
http://localhost:9000/stream.mp3?bitrate=96. That's pretty dang nice,
thanks to all. I almost regret the money I just dropped on a portable
MP3/Ogg player :-)

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Roy M. Silvernail
2004-04-26, 18:25
On Mon, 2004-04-26 at 21:16, Jack Coates wrote:

> On a more positive note, I'm sitting in a hotel room 2,588 miles from home
> as the crow flies, listening to my music via an ssh tunnel. No screwing
> around with convert.conf, I just used
> http://localhost:9000/stream.mp3?bitrate=96. That's pretty dang nice,
> thanks to all. I almost regret the money I just dropped on a portable
> MP3/Ogg player :-)

Not to be regretting! Few rental cars have an in-dash MP3/Ogg player,
so you'll still find a use for your portable. (unless, of course, the
rental has broadband...)

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Jack Coates
2004-04-26, 18:36
> On Mon, 2004-04-26 at 21:16, Jack Coates wrote:
>
>> On a more positive note, I'm sitting in a hotel room 2,588 miles from
>> home
>> as the crow flies, listening to my music via an ssh tunnel. No screwing
>> around with convert.conf, I just used
>> http://localhost:9000/stream.mp3?bitrate=96. That's pretty dang nice,
>> thanks to all. I almost regret the money I just dropped on a portable
>> MP3/Ogg player :-)
>
> Not to be regretting! Few rental cars have an in-dash MP3/Ogg player,
> so you'll still find a use for your portable. (unless, of course, the
> rental has broadband...)
>

Another reason not to regret it has shown itself -- the transcoding is
making my piece of junk Athlon 900 server hit 60 degrees Celcius :-)
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