Like most iPod users, I don’t have a ton of music that was purchased from the iTunes music store but I still don’t want to end up losing that music once I switch devices. Thanks to proprietary DRM, a portion of my music library is forever tied to Apple’s family of digital audio players.
Why not just burn the tracks one buys from iTunes as a audio CD. Then rip it as mp3, etc.
There is the loss of audio quality, but how many of us listen on audio systems that show the difference.
Microsoft DRM is equally bad or worse from a consumer standpoint, it will run only on any WMA system (lock in with Microsoft and it’s OEMs), the rip to CD option will vary from title to title (like it does for the EAudio service, Overdrive of KCLS) instead of being standard as for iTunes.
That’s why nothing beats real CDs yet. DRM is not a reason that makes Zune more attractive.
Update: I do not have or had a iPod. However over the last 2-3 years, I have purchased around 30 singles from iTunes, it is either something catchy I hear or something from way back during my school days. All of these are burned onto a CD and ripped as mp3 for my current MP3 only music player.
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