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Yahoo! Sells UnDRMed mp3s? Hah!

OK, so I take Tom's advice to show my support of unDRMed music and I head over to the Yahoo! Music Store to purchase the Jessica Simpson tune A Public Affair. There's only one problem...I'm not allowed to purchase it! Since I am using a Mac, I can't download and use the Yahoo! software for the store, so I can't do business with them.

I know that the iTMS is a proprietary DRM store, but I'm not given the chance to try out (much less support) the unDRMed music simply because I choose not to use Windows.

So buzz off Yahoo!'re no better than Apple in the online music business.


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im not so sure..

being not available for Mac hurts me too, but it isn't the same as Apple which isn't even offering MP3s to Windows or even to Macs alone.

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But Apple does provide DRM'd AAC files to Windows. If Yahoo isn't offering MP3s to Macs, that's just piss poor web design. There is absolutely no reason for a property the size of Yahoo to be unable to provide a Mac interface for their store. I mean, geez, all it is is pay and download. The MP3 is unencumbered by DRM after all.

I agree. A big buzz off to Yahoo. Or maybe it should be:

A! Big! Buzz! Off! to! Yahoo!

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More On Yahoo!...

My point is that the song is un-DRMed and is in a format that "everyone" can play...yet Yahoo! doesn't make it available to everyone. I was going to spend $1.99 with them for my daughter, but I'm not even given the chance because I don't have the "right" computer. Here is what it says...

"The use of Yahoo! Music Unlimited requires installation of the The Yahoo! Music Engine which is only available for the following operating systems: Microsoft Windows XP or 2000. Internet Explorer 6.0+ and Windows Media Player 9.0 or higher are also required."

So, if it is un-DRMed, why require this system to access it?

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(NT) (NT) same system for both DRM & non-DRM files?
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Yahoo and Apple

Does anyone remember when iPods only worked with Macs. I would say Buzz Off to Yahoo, but only because they are offering a Jessica Simpson song as an mp3.

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