Wal-Mart Reverses Course On DRM

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Posted October 10, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

A couple of weeks ago, retail giant Wal-Mart announced they were giving up on selling DRM-laden music online. Good times, right? Well, kind of. The problem was, if you bought music from the company while the DRM was in place, you were out of luck. Wal-Mart said they were not going to keep their DRM servers running, so if you wanted to transfer your Britney Spears single, you needed to burn it onto a CD. (I wonder where you could buy a bunch of blank CDs for cheap?)

In a burst of good sense, Wal-Mart has changed their minds and say they will leave their servers running. Here's how they described the change-of-heart:

Based on feedback from our customers, we have decided to maintain our digital rights management (DRM) servers for the present time. What this means to you is that our existing service continues and there is no action required on your part. Our customer service team will continue to assist with DRM issues for protected windows media audio (WMA) files purchased from Walmart.com.

Thanks, Wal-Mart!


Wal-Mart Reverses Course On DRM


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