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itunes considered harmful [Dec. 30th, 2008|03:29 pm]
Max
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Today was the first (and hopefully the last) time in my life that I used iTunes, and I was reminded yet again how much I loathe DRM. This past summer, I attended a Dave Matthews concert, and as such, I was given a coupon to download a "best of the tour" album from iTunes. The coupon expires on December 31, so I logged on to iTunes on my parents' computer, entered in the code, and received 8 files encoded in a DRM-encumbered m4p format.

Making these files (which are legitimately mine) play on Linux is going to be a pain, if Googling for "m4p linux" is any indication.

I reaffirm my oath to never give a penny of my money to Apple under any circumstances.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-12-30 08:21 am (UTC)
Your best bet is to fire up a Windows machine, install doubletwist (http://www.doubletwist.com) and convert your files to mp3.
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From: ext_123053
2008-12-30 08:29 am (UTC)

Mail to Dave?

Maybe an email to Dave Matthews with a warning about your pain could help improve his choice on distribution platforms in the future.
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[User Picture]From: spevack
2008-12-30 08:31 am (UTC)

Re: Mail to Dave?

I'll mention it next time I'm partying with him backstage. :)
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[User Picture]From: dr_scholl
2008-12-30 08:57 am (UTC)
Easiest way may be to burn a CD from the playlist and re-import it on your linux machine?
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[User Picture]From: spevack
2008-12-30 09:01 am (UTC)
I thought of that, and I was shocked further when iTunes wouldn't even let me export the files into a standard audio CD!
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[User Picture]From: dr_scholl
2008-12-30 11:46 am (UTC)
Hrm. That's strange. I haven't tried it in a while but they used to let you do that to "back up" your own music!

Now I'll have to give it a try!
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-12-31 04:20 am (UTC)

iTunes Plus

If the music was available in iTunes Plus it has no DRM plus higher encoding quality, but you have to select the format as default.
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From: ex_gregdek
2008-12-31 01:07 pm (UTC)

You should worry more...

...about your addiction to bad hippie jam band music.

Your DMB CDs are rotting a hole in my kitchen table, by the way. :)
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[User Picture]From: spevack
2009-01-01 02:21 am (UTC)

Re: You should worry more...

-1, Troll

+1, But Well Executed
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