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Old 08-30-2005, 05:54 AM   #1
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US Libraries use Windows Media DRM to expire audiobooks

Audiobooks that you check-out from a US library will automatically go dead after the lending period, thanks to Microsoft Media DRM.

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A patron with a valid library card visits a library Web site to borrow a title for, say, three weeks. When the audiobook is due, the patron must renew it or find it automatically "returned" in a virtual sense: The file still sits on the patron's computer, but encryption makes it unplayable beyond the borrowing period.
21 million iPod users will stay empty-handed for as long as there is no official support for encrypted MS Media files.

[via CNN via Slashdot]
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