Audio News for May 6, 2008

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Microsoft’s DRM Shocker – MSN customers who had purchased downloaded music from them using Microsoft’s PlaysForSure DRM (Digital Rights Management) key copy protection received a shocking email recently.  It warned that in effect PlaysForSure downloads won’t play after August 31st, because Microsoft will no longer support the retrieval of license keys for the songs that were purchased from them. After that date the songs will fail to play at all. So all those who thought they were doing the right thing to purchase legal music downloads that they thought they owned are discovering that’s not the case.  Another case against DRM.

12 Inductees Into Consumer Electronics’ Hall of Fame – The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced 12 new movers and shakers in electronics who will be inducted into the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame at a special presentation on October 21.  The program was started in 2000 and with the addition of the new names will total 134 individuals. Among them are Dr. Fritz Sennheiser of Sennheiser mikes & headphones, Ken Kutaragi – father of Sony’s PlayStation, Donald Linder & Martin Cooper – involved in the development of the cell phone, audio journalist Hans Fantel of the late Stereo Review, Joe Clayton – marketing at RCA and now CEO of Sirius Satellite Radio, Eddy Hartenstein – founder of DirecTV, Warren Leiberfarb – called “the Father of the DVD,” and Dean Dunlavey – a Sony lawyer who argued the famous Betamax case before the Supreme Court.

Premium Rolling Stones Collection Delivered to Premium HT Systems – Qsonix – a maker of digital music storage and management systems, and MusicGiants – who offer hi-res music downloads, have teamed up to offer a special package of 418 HD Rolling Stones tracks dating back to 1961 to Qsonix customers.  Their decades of hits will include all their top albums as well as the live soundtrack from their current feature film “Shine a Light.”  Music Giants offers hi-res digital recordings from some of the top music companies using WMA lossless format for higher sound quality than download services such as iTunes. Qsonix delivers high quality audio with top components, D-A converters and digital playback technology – including a 17-inch color touch screen controller and up to 1.5TB storage capacity.  The Stones Collection is sold installed on a hard drive storage unit, not as downloads.  The exclusive package benefits from the unique Qsonix media management system which allows fans to enhance their music experience even further. Qsonix server systems retail in the $4000 to $8000 area.  The cost of the Stones Collection was not revealed.


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