Yahoo Screws DRM Customers

By Deane Barker on July 25, 2008

DRM still sucks: Yahoo Music going dark, taking keys with it: This is why DRM sucks. With DRM, you are dependent on someone else to enjoy something you’ve already paid for.

The bad dream of DRM continues. Yahoo e-mailed its Yahoo! Music Store customers yesterday, telling them it will be closing for good—and the company will take its DRM license key servers offline on September 30, 2008.

[…] Once the Yahoo store goes down and the key servers go offline, existing tracks cannot be authorized to play on new computers.

Hope your computer doesn’t crash. Yahoo recommends you subvert their own DRM by burning the music to CDs then ripping them. Nice.