Itunes Plus

March 20, 2009 at 03:09:29
Specs: Win XP, 512

I was wondering what everyone did with their old protected files from Itunes? I think that everybody knows that till April or so everything on itunes should be drm free. That’s good news but what about the songs u bought from itunes prior to the decision to remove drm, those are still protected. U can choose to upgrade them to itunes plus but not for free, there’s of course a fee. Is it worth upgrading?

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#1
March 20, 2009 at 04:17:03

That's a great decision to free the DRM and regarding the upgrading I find it a great idea because a big amount of money is wasted especially if your library is huge.I think that is another way to make money. I really don’t agree to pay for a track that I’ve already paid for it. And this is not about one track, cause I have a lot of music from them. Bad move in my opinion.

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#2
March 23, 2009 at 06:38:52

Why doesn’t this come as a surprise to me?Those who try to play by the rules get screwed, again.

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#3
March 24, 2009 at 04:10:42

I have calculated I spent round $50 to upgrade some songs. I have another 200 tracks that have DRM that weren’t upgradable yet, last time I checked. It’s a rip off that I have to pay an additional 30 cents for tracks I already paid for. I’m still deciding on what I should do. I would really like to see the day when all my music is drm free but I’ not sure if it’s worth the price. It’s good at least that they took out that option for upgrading your entire library or nothing.

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#4
March 24, 2009 at 07:50:53

Yeah, of course, those persons try to steal as much as they can from us. That’s not fair for their users which were their clients forever. They should do a 100% discount for them because we paid a lot for music. I’m not agree with this either. But unfortunately they don’t take into consideration our needs.

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#5
March 25, 2009 at 05:45:22

Yeah, sure, 10000% discount. :)) When I saw that they’ll free DRM I was really happy but I didn’t calculate how much I’ll spend again for the same music. I didn’t do that yet, but I have about 500 DRM-ed tracks from Itunes store. Too much money spending on what??? If I think twice I regret I got all that music from there. I’m wondering if there’s another way to get our music free from drm

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#6
March 25, 2009 at 07:38:10

Don’t be too excited, the music they sell now might be drm free, but your email or id are tied to the tracks you buy. So I would think twice about sharing my music and risk having running around music that could be traced back to me.This is not totally free do whatever you want with it music either. :D

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#7
March 26, 2009 at 08:32:24

I'm not interested in sharing my music on p2p networks, so I couldn’t care less if I am tied to them. At least I wouldn’t have to worry about the crappy drm. Although I’m still not convinced about upgrading , I don’t like to convert all that music I have but I don't like having to choose only the ones I listen to all the time.I paid for all the music so I’d really want to keep it all. I like, at least ,that the upgraded music is iof better quality than the ones I have now.

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#8
March 27, 2009 at 07:15:37

I don't think it makes much difference in the quality of the music they have now. Is that difference really worth an extra 30c per track? I'm not sure. It depends on the gear you use to listen to your music. Let’s take the earbuds that come with the iPod, for example, those are hardly good audiophile quality,I bet u won’t really see the difference. Of course if u have good headphones or quality stereo speakers you might find a small diference , but I still say this paying twice for the music already bought.

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#9
March 27, 2009 at 08:23:04

They should have done this some time ago, they should have made a better quality of the files from the first place, not really now, I mean, the add is like that: DRM is free now, but you can upgrade your files with 0.30$ but with higher quality. And I'm wonder how better could it be, especially when you're listening to an ipod. Is that obvious?

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#10
March 30, 2009 at 05:40:16

Ok, I’m really like this idea, cause now I have all the music DRM-ed free and I can play it on all the music players I want….. Cool!! And I’ll upgrade all my music I bought so far. Do not think I have a few songs, no, I have about 300 and I don’t want to lose my music. I don't think that 0.30$ per song is very much. I can’t wait till April to have all my music without DRM.

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#11
April 1, 2009 at 06:49:12

Too much money for already bought music.It sucks to pay a lot of money to upgrade all the music I have from Itunes.Even 30 cents is too much.As for the quality I’m not really that sure if I could tell the difference between 128 kbps and 256 kbps if I listen to it on ipod or phone.

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#12
April 2, 2009 at 06:08:13

I never liked to buy from itunes, so I don’t really have that many reasons to bitch about. The upgrade shouldn’t burn such a big whole in my budget, cause I was thinking to keep only the ones I like.
But I indeed pity those here who have a lot of music and videos. Of course a way to have the music without drm would probably be welcomed.

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#13
April 3, 2009 at 06:56:54

@Bojak:You’re free to throw your money on the music you've bought already, I don't. I really don’t like this idea, I’ve already paid once for it, that’s stealing. I’m still not decided what to do with them maybe I’ll leave them with DRM and I’ll start to find another way to get music.

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#14
April 4, 2009 at 05:54:33

There's always the option of burning to CD and then re-
downloading as mp3. While it would be time consuming, it
would be a lot cheaper

What happened to my quote


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#15
April 6, 2009 at 07:22:53

No, I don't like this option, because you loose a lot in quality when you're ripping, I know, I've tried once, but gave up doing that because there was a mess with the quality. And also, I love my music so much and I can’t afford to leave it with drm, and I’ll upgrade it without drm and the new songs I’ll buy them without drm. And the fact that they’ve increased the files’ quality gives me the impression that they really care about costumers’ needs.

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#16
April 7, 2009 at 07:17:17

Yeah right.. If they cared about their costumers they would have ditched drm long time ago and offered free upgrade for the files.

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#17
April 8, 2009 at 00:20:43

Oh man,did somebody force u to buy all that music?Not really. I always like to convert the protected files I buy. Not that I wanna share them, but I like to keep all my music clean from all that drm.

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#18
April 8, 2009 at 04:46:00

But, still, if you convert the files, you free them from drm? That’s piracy, man!!!! So, I’ll stay with my opinion, coz I don’t want to mess with law.

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#19
April 9, 2009 at 07:02:09

You are somehow so annoying!!!! Really, what can be illegal if that guy said he won't share his music with other persons, what could be illegal? And, yeap, the conversion would be the only good option in this case because they've effectively, forced us to buy the music we own.

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#20
April 14, 2009 at 07:20:49

Of course if I unprotected the files and put them on p2p sites that would be illegal. What’s wrong with wanting to use the files I pay for my personal enjoyment on whatever device Ineed. It’s not like there’s something new about converting drm’ed files,this is old news if u ask me.

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#21
April 15, 2009 at 07:13:54

That would be a good idea. But still I heart that even for personal purpose is illegal to free the DRM. In my opinion this is another way to make money, to steal from us. They should have made in a way so that we could be able to transfer the music we buy on at leat 2 music players. Especially those days when there are so many devices....

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#22
April 16, 2009 at 04:47:09

Still, I think it’s illegal! Removing the protection = cracking it. It’s like stealing a good from a person who own it. I really wouldn’t like to mess with law, as I don’t want to see police knocking at my door saying that I broke the law and they have to arrest me.

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#23
April 17, 2009 at 01:02:01

Who said anything about cracking the files? I was merely speaking about recording what comes through your sound card.If it’s not cracked u can’t say that the file has been messed with.Of course this is illegal when u start sharing them.

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#24
April 17, 2009 at 04:23:43

How can you remove the DRM without cracking it??? And if's as you said, as far as I know the recordings can affect the files' quality...

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#25
April 24, 2009 at 05:46:20

I don’t think that for an average listener, who uses the files on an mp3 player or ipod or phone, the difference is too noticeable .I guess that also depends on the type of app u use and on how good it does the job.

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#26
April 27, 2009 at 01:45:25

Ok, I searched a little bit and it seems that there are some tools whcih rerecords the original files, without cracking the DRM, so they don't mess with the law. Regarding the quality of the files, I asked some of my friends and told me that if it's a good tool, the quality isn't affected taht much, esp not so perceptible.

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#27
April 30, 2009 at 03:39:37

That’s what I was pointing out too. Would rather pay little money on this sort of app than pay a lot of money on music I already bought in the first place.

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