Do you care about DRM technology being used with the music you buy?

With official audio downloads and even CDs and high-rez audio now encumbered with DRM (digital rights management) technology, it would appear we are at the dawn of the restricted music format age. Is this a problem for you, or just another bump in the audio road?

Do you care about DRM technology being used with the music you buy?
DRM drives me nuts
59% (107 votes)
It bothers me a lot
26% (47 votes)
Don't like it
9% (16 votes)
Don't care
6% (11 votes)
Kind of like it
1% (1 vote)
Really like DRM
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 182

Mark Miller's picture

Since I don't download music anyway, it really doesn't bother me one way or the other.

Michael Chernay's picture

I don't care if a DRM schema is implemented in the software I purchase. I just do not want DRM that limits what I can do with my software. If I have a CD or DVD, I want to be able to use it anywhere, I want to be able to put it on my iPod or make a copy for my car. I don't care that it is there, I care when it makes my life more difficult.

Paul J.  Stiles, Mtn View, CA's picture

If it interferes with my fair use rights, I won't buy it!

Bubba in SF's picture

I can understand if they are upfront about it and say it's in the product. I don't like the sneaky we slip it into your CD or load spyware on your computer kind of software. It just amazes me that the music industry really believes the reason their sales are plummeting is due to piracy. It's because of what has happened to the radio stations AND the lack of decent contemporary music that isn't rap or hip-hop. The industry is so bent on what is hip they don't even realize they are alienating a huge sector of the buying public. As the boomers get older, that means the cash-spending major chunk of the population is also. They should be catering to that group instead of the teenagers who work at McDonalds.

Mauro Mello Jr.'s picture

I just drop the CD back on the shelf if it is DRM'd. It is not only because of the incovenience ("may not play in all devices"—hello?), but because the effort to create DRM should be going into enhancing the quality of the recorded audio, which is appalling for many of the releases.

Craig's picture

When DRM tactics interfer with my normal use of music I purchase, that makes me feel like we are one step closer to Brave New World. Too bad so many folks out there feel that they can make unlimited copies of copyrighted material. The cure of most DRM arrangements is a curse on the few remaining law-abiding ones amoung us.

Al Earz's picture

Maybe it is time for a all vinyl format. What is old is forever new.

Clay White's picture

I suppose there is one advantage to it. It has driven many of us to put all our music budget into vinyl and encourage the guys putting out the great vinyl stuff to keep at it.

Stefano Lindiri's picture

Does anybody care about music anymore?

Enzo's picture

I don' know what all the fuss is about. I trust Sony, the music industry, and George Bush, to do the right thing. God bless them all. (I know my phone and PC are being monitored

Anoni Mouse's picture

I have a reasonably good system and some DRM CDs just will not play or, if they do, sound more like a 128kbps stream from the Internet. However, I have yet to find a copy protected disc I can't rip. The trick is to buy non-commercial ripping shareware that doesn't create a .ini file on installation. It really is that simple.

Robbie Comstock's picture

The music companies are digging their own graves.

JML's picture

How much corporate greed do they expect us to tolerate?

Woody Battle's picture

Anything that prevents my loading music from CDs onto a hard-drive based player is stealing some of the value of the music I legally purchased. I will not even consider purchasing music online as long as any form of DRM is in effect.

charlie's picture

DRM will drag the music industry dinosaurs to the bottom of the tar pits.

S.  Chapman's picture

Simply put, I will not purchase DRM-protected music files. Not because I want to make illegal use of the files, but because I know just enough about DRM to realize that, for any number of reasons, those files could become unplayable at some future date. Also, most of them are low-rez, but that's a different issue.

Kevin McAuley's picture

I haven't, and won't, knowingly buy anything with DRM.

Dave in Dallas's picture

The Sony "Root Kit" fiasco is an example of what can go wrong with DRM if it's implemented badly. Let's hope other manufacturers learn from Sony's stupidity.

Mike Agee's picture

Art and commerce intersect in music. If Bach isn't too busy with contractual cantatas to come up with a seventh or eighth Brandenberg, then Jeff Tweedy is being discarded by his label. DRM, another chapter in the ordinary greed vs the singular magic of creativity saga. Somehow, so far, creativity seems to win in the end. Just hope it's in hi-fi (in the better sense of the word).

Wanna Bet's picture

We hackers are always one step ahead of the man!

Al Marcy's picture

People need rights. Data needs checksums.

Brankin's picture

I don't care because that just means one less digital disc to purchase. I can now see if there is an LP release of the music. If not, I do without and they do without my money! I have more than enough LPs in my collection and at second-hand stores to keep me occupied until I'm pushing up daisies.

Neil D.'s picture

I have not and will not purchase a CD with any copy protection scheme. Library discs with this feature are simply copied to tape, not burned to CDs.

Chris S.'s picture

It bothers me a lot because I don't like the idea that it could be audible or may affect whether or not the disc would play in certain players. If DRM was built into the standards of a format it would guarantee that any player capable of playing the format could play the disc, but it wouldn't take long before it got cracked anyway. The industry would have to change its security, and we would be back where we started. The thing that I hate more than DRM itself is the need for it. I understand the industry feeling the need to protect its intellectual property. The explosion of downloading horrible sounding copies of songs for free sent them into a panic. The DRM reaction only hurts people like us who really care about quality. The people that don't care and won't ever bother to pay for content aren't being slowed down in the least.

Chris L.'s picture

I don' mind DRM if it allows me fair use and doesn't cost me anything in terms of dollars or resolution. The problem is that it seems the industry is always trying to take something away.

Dimitris Gogas's picture

I can't accept someone else having the right of something I have bought, provided I use it legally.'s picture

Thats what we need: CDs to get worse. Buy vinyl and beat the system.

Travis Klersy's picture

I will not knowingly buy something with DRM encryption. Period. The only rights being managed are those of the record companies, who have a terrible history of respecting the rights of the artists. The thieves are the most afraid of being stolen from.

David L.  Wyatt jr.'s picture

I'm not sure I can hear it simply because I don't have discs with and without management to compare. But the whole thing is stupid. Such protection can always be hacked, and the copying problem isn't so much college students sharing, but foreign firms copying en masse. To suffer losses for no benefits whatsoever is silly.

Tom's picture

Microsoft just destroyed my only three albums purchased online, and boy am I pissed!