Walmart and DRM

December 28, 2007 at 9:49 am | Posted in Rants, Technology | Leave a comment

Walmart once again screws their customers, this time through DRM. By cancelling their video download service, customers who bought DRM-protected movies are now orphaned. They cannot move their content to their next computer or media player, essentially forcing them to repurchase the content later. At least Apple’s DRM allows you to authorize/deauthorize licensed computers and shows why Microsoft-based solutions are inferior.
From their FAQ:

What happens if I purchase another computer and would like to use it to play my videos?
You cannot play your videos on another computer. You can only play your videos on the computer you used to download the video files.

Here’s a better translation:

Dear Walmart customer:
You’re fucked.

The Management

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