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8.26.2005

Not a Bad Idea

Some big libraries across the nation are now offering downloadable audio books. It's interesting: They are in a ".wma" format which is Windows version of an MP3 file. That format prevents the downloaded file from being transferred other than what a license file allows. (For example, a music file downloaded from music.msn.com allows it to only be burned to a CD three times and allows a transfer to a different computer only twice). This type of copyright protection prevents you from simply emailing the file to a friend (The friend will get it, but can't play it). And the library even makes you "return" the wma file in that the file simply refuses to play again after three weeks.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Curious to know if the limitations are still the same if the wma is converted to mp3 via the several free utilities...

Anonymous said...

The use of computers and word processing software has taken the place of learning to spell, know good sentence structure and be able to actually write in this next generation. The use of these audio files are good for the hearing impaired, but pretty soon the future generations won't even need to be able to read.

Anonymous said...

who knows

Anonymous said...

Is this really just one person who is somewhat schizophrenic making replies to their own replies?