It is indeed a perverse What DRM totally eclipsing the record companies wanted and platforms during debates on anti-circumvention. Nothing lasts forever, especially not a commercial activity. Or if a service on which content purchased dies, the servers responsible for issuing permits reading also die. A consumer who has legally purchased content and needs to renew the authorization – for example during a reinstallation of Windows – is therefore unable to play music or video he had acquired..
Note also that Sony has announced the outright abandonment of the ATRAC format, in favor of Windows Media, AAC (with or without DRM) and MP3. Its new players will also be without any middleware for filling, thanks to UMS protocol.
To that I say bravo Sony, it must first they allow me to fulfill my NW-A3000 (and read the content) per copy / paste from the file browser instead of going through a proprietary software, a library system and encoding forced Atrac. It’s so heavy for my personal use that I’m using it more. And that’s a shame because at the hardware level it is excellent (and some software features).
Since good news never comes alone, Sony has also decided to open the walkman to the 3 most used formats: MP3, WMA and AAC while completely abandoning the format Attract. There will be no transfer software, in short all sony walkman will now be UMS and therefore compatible with Linux. In short a back to las majors but its requirements in terms of sales forced him to surrender to evidence. Sony walkman now become attractive by the removal of DRM.