Microsoft Gives You Three More Years To Hate DRMJun 19th, 2008 | By James Lewin | Category: Digital Music, Featured Story, General, Strange
Microsoft has announced that it’s going to keep its MSN Music authorization servers, currently on life support, alive for three more years.
Here’s Microsoft’s emails to customers:
“On April 22, Microsoft notified you that as of August 31st, 2008, we would be changing the level of support for music purchased from MSN Music, and while your existing purchased music would continue to play, you would no longer be able to authorize new PCs and devices to play that music.
After careful consideration, Microsoft has decided to continue to support the authorization of new computers and devices and delivery of new license keys for MSN Music customers through at least the end of 2011, after which we will evaluate how much this functionality is still being used and what steps should be taken next to support our customers. This means you will continue to be able to listen to your purchased music and transfer your music to new PCs and devices beyond the previously announced August 31, 2008 date.
Microsoft continues to recommend that you back up your music on CD or hard drive along with other important data.”
If you bought music downloads from Microsoft’s service, you should be able to continue to listen to the music and put it on new devices or machines through 2011.
Or you could burn the tracks to a CD, rip it and say goodbye to Microsoft’s DRM’d music forever.