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

Axel Jerke's picture

If I pay for something I want to be able to use it any way I want. This does not include giving a song to somebody else. DRM puts me at the mercy of the record companies. I consider this unfair use of rights.

Anton's picture

Death before DRM.

djl's picture

Now that some of my favorite artists new releases are coming out with copy protection and DRM enabled. I absolutly will not buy thier CD unless it is able to be made into MP3 files. Some of the CDs even say on the back that they are not regular audio CDs. That gives me a heads up that something about the format has been altered. I was going to buy a new PC with Windows Media Center edition in it, but due to the DRM all over the place in it, I bought WinXP pro instead. So be informed and stay safe!

Kevin Pratt's picture

%$#!$%%#!!!!!!!! DRM. Try having a HD crash w/iTunes!

suits_me's picture

Overly restrictive DRM bothers me so much, even though I have no pirated music whatsoever (honestly, I want to own a designed object), that I found this site called where there is apparently downloadable software, legal in the EU, which would allow a user to duplicate audio CDs and DVDs which are supposedly copy protected.

Trey Wylie's picture

I will not purchase DRM protected music. Sony's slip prooved that the labels don't understand what they are doing and they think DRM is a band-aid to music piracy. I gladly pay full price for recordings I want, but I do so under the expactation that I can use that music in any format and on any device within my personal domain.

Anonymous's picture

more and more big brother influences on commerical property, privacy rights and civil rights

Alex Fundock's picture

For me, it's very simple: DRM = no CD purchase.

Emilio Franchy's picture

I view DRM as being charged guilty of piracy, because I bought their product. It is also a waste of computing power and battery life for portable units. DRM is also limiting my rights of use (Sony betamax) which have already been granted, we should not let the movie & music industry take away these rights via technology limitation. I also wonder at what technological services or devices are being held back or not attempted do to DRM.

Tim Price's picture

If you can't resell it, move it or copy it to any platform that you own (fair use), then you are not buying it. You are merely renting it.

Allen's picture

Don't care because I don't buy downloads. Your music should not be controlled by anything—if you've paid for something you can do with it what you like.

Patrick Weyer's picture

I buy a CD, I own the right to do what I please with it, including making copies for my own usage.

H.  Williams, Hollwyood Hills's picture

Personally, I want nothing to do with DRM. I still collect my digital music the old fashioned way; I rip it straight from CDs to crysta- clear high-bit–rate DRM free MP3s. These files, of course, can be played on any device and represent better value in my opinion for today's consumer. In short, we've simply hit another bump in the audio road.

Victor Chow's picture

When I buy a Red Book CD, I just play it as usual. When I have no choice but to buy a DRM CD, I make a copy of it first by cracking the DRM, then I play the non-DRM copy in my player.

tj's picture

I will not buy DRM products. Period. Never will, even if it means never buying another CD.

F.  Chasinovsky, Van Nuys, CA's picture

I don't understand why people download albums from the Internet. As far as I can see, the average cost for an album is $15.99. A reputable site based in Jersey is selling the same album on CD for $10.99. For that you get the CD, box, covers etc., It doesn't make sense to me that folks worry about DRM or audio downloads at all.

Valve lover's picture

Sony/BMG's fiasco in which their DRM harmed computers which played their discs illustrates how awful this stuff can be. If I was an MP3 person that alone might have been enough to push me to seek alternative, DRM-free, ways of obtaining music and give up on buying CDs forever. DRM pretty much just annoys (and sometimes worse) legitimate users and frankly fails to deter illegitimate users. The music industry is killing itself and blaming its own customers. Sad.

Alex Taylor's picture

When I have inadvertently purchased -CDs, I have heard noticeable artifacts, and returned them to the retailer. They were unsurprised, and happily refunded. They now simply import me better sounding, 'in the clear' issues from elsewhere.

Kernith's picture

When will they ever learn not to screw with the people who buy their music? The ones who are going to steal their music are always going to steal their music. They steal other things, too. But the rest of us pay for our entertainment and don't want it restricted or hobbled in any form. Or we just don't buy it at all. They just might kill the music.

CGK's picture

I want the ability to listen when, where, and how I want to listen. To music I have purchased the right to listen to! And I shouldn't have to think about whether or not the media will play in this or that device. Record, meet turntable, joy!

Sparky's picture

I will not knowingly buy any recording that is crippled with DRM. There is plenty of great independent music that is not controlled by the majors. Let 'em shrivel up and die. They put out crap, control whats on the radio, keep prices artificially way high, and now the lawsuits...oyy!

Geno's picture

I used to spend $200 a month on CDs. Now I don't spend that much in a year. DRM.

Frustrated customer's picture

One of my kids ended up installing some nasty DRM software on our computer just by popping a disc in to listen. That should constitute some sort of criminal tresspass or vandalism on the part of the music company. Just let a CD be a CD, please. I am not going to put your music up on the internet and do you really think this lame DRM is going to stop the kind of people who do? Why does the music industry hate its customers?

Jim Nast's picture

When I buy a musical performance I want to be able to play it on my computer, my home stereo, my car, my iPod. Why should I have to pay more than once for the same song or be restricted in how I listen to it ?

Cihangir G's picture

If I can not make .ogg (.mp3 like) format music from the original CD, I don't buy that CD at all. I can not carry my portable CD player at all the time. I have to be able to listen my favourite music through my GSM phone at any time and at any place.

Noah's picture

All DRM does is let the companies sell you the same music again and again and again.

Mark G.'s picture

Dump DRM! I bought it, now leave me alone.

Russell Craig's picture

The end of freedom of information is at hand

M.Perdue's picture

The more DRM they add, the less music I will buy. I suppose that eventually I will stop buying entirely and just listen to what I already have, which is certainly not a complete collection of either classical or jazz but at least I can listen to all of it on any of my players.

John's picture

Should be outlawed!! I paid heavily for the disks—I should be able to put them on my hard drive.