Friday, August 06, 2004

BIG NOISE? BIG BABIES, MORE LIKE: We were about to get all excited about Muse making new singles available for download on Oxfam's bignoisemusic service, but then we ran into a bit of a snag. Since we're not that keen on leaky old Internet Explorer, we use Mozilla wherever we can, which turns out not to be compatable with the service. More to the point, on the error page, there's this little bit of terse disinformation:

"Unfortunately, Big Noise Music is currently not available to Mac users because our service provider (OD2) is unable to obtain the necessary Digital Rights Management (DRM) software from Apple Computers Inc. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause."

Eh? We can see that - perhaps - not being able to get the code for DRM from Apple might mean that OD2 can't make its downloads available in that format, but, again, there's absolutely nothing to stop OD2 making downloads available in any other format. Like MP3, for example. OD2 are choosing to not make the charity tracks available to Mac Users, it's got nothing whatsoever to do with any side debate abotu access to iTunes DRM, surely?

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