2003 September 4 PM [5:16 pm]
(entry last updated: 2003-09-04 18:02:14)
Sony’s going to resolve its schizophrenia? We’ll see — the real question may be who won, the electronics division or the entertainment division. Sony to launch Net music service
Sony will launch its own digital music service next year, in a project that will see its music, movie and electronics divisions work closely together, the company said Thursday.
Since we’re on the subject of DRM, we have this heartwarming CNEt News article: Microsoft moves forward on DRM
Microsoft moved forward on its digital rights management strategy this week, releasing the first of several Windows add-ons associated with the technology and revealing pricing on its server software for corporate rights management.
A key part of the company’s strategy involves limiting access to digital files ranging from office memos to software applications.
Primary components of the plan include Windows Rights Management Services (WRMS), server software that will manage access to corporate documents, and new Information Rights Management tools included in Office 2003, the forthcoming update of the company’s widespread productivity package.
The software giant also has spoken of broader plans for building “next-generation secure computing base” technology, formerly known as Palladium, into a range of products.
Slashdot’s discussion of the Universal price decrease on CDs: Universal Music To Cut CD Prices
Phoenix executives said Wednesday that they’ve developed a prototype version of its Core Management Environment (cME) using DRM technology in conjunction with Orbid Corp., a DRM technology provider. The software was designed to assist content providers to authenticate and track software moving from PC to PC.
Although DRM technology has moved steadily forward, consumers have had some choice whether to implement it. Selected software providers in various markets, such as Intuit and Macromedia, have chosen to implement DRM, allowing consumers to choose DRM-less alternatives.
Phoenix’s efforts, however, represent a more fundamental sea change. Phoenix is a manufacturer of BIOS software, the underlying code which ties together a PC’s operating system and the system hardware. Since a personal computer must have BIOS installed to boot, a user could be forced to use the DRM technology whether he or she chooses to or not.
Here we go - who’s ready to buy a machine with such a BIOS? And how long will it take for a firm with lots of cash and no love of DRM to offer an alternative? And how long before such machines are declared illegal in the US? And how long before the US computer industry implodes from black/gray market imports?
Slashdot discussion of the Ernest Miller interview of Ian Clarke: Ian Clarke, Ernie Miller On Free Speech, Privacy
Benny Evangelista must have enjoyed this: RIAA decries drop in CD sales
But analyst Phil Leigh said the record industry has to realize that sales of prerecorded music CDs will probably never recover. Indeed, Leigh said, the industry’s own sales figures indicate a crackdown on file sharing may actually hasten the decline of the CD.
“The prepackaged CD, without a shadow of a doubt, is over the hill, and it’s all downhill from here on,” Leigh said.
Leigh, an independent digital media industry analyst, said the “fear factor” caused usage of file-sharing programs to drop about 22 percent in the seven weeks after the RIAA announced its plans to sue individuals.
Yet Leigh noted industry sales reports show the drop in CD sales accelerated during the same period.
[...] Later, through an RIAA spokeswoman, Sherman said the “issue is not the decline in CDs; it’s the decline in people paying for the music that they acquire. We need to get people back into the habit of paying for music, whether it’s from record stores or a legal online service.”
The Register: 99c iTunes song auction bids top $100,000 - well, not anymore, but still…..