Get 6,720 songs in 14 days

This article is not about how to steal music, because that is against the law, but more of a proof of concept.

People have been stealing music for years now. It was Napster back in the day and has moved on to P2P now. Has it decreased? Well I really don’t know, and I’m sure that most people don’t. But what I do know, is that this entire struggle over who has the best service and best format is crap. I can say that I pay for all of my music now. AppleiTunes provided a wonderful interface with a great selection of music. Plus, I didn’t have to pay for the entire CD and all those crappy songs the record companies tack on. It’s just like P2P, but legal. Isn’t that what they want us to do, download legally. But now, with more companies and more products on the market, I’m stuck. Even if I wanted to switch, I can’t. All of my music is encrypted with Apple’s protection. Well that sucks. But, it’s not just Apple. Microsoft announced that the Zune will not support Play for Sure. What? Microsoft created Play for Sure, Microsoft created Zune, but they aren’t compatible! That is another way to make the consumers pay for the music they already own in order to switch to a different service. Anybody that reads tech newsonline already knows all this, so let me get to the point of the article, 6,720 songs in 14 days.

If you have been to the new Urge music site, 14 days might sound like something that you read on there. Microsoft is letting you try the Urge service for 14 days with no credit card required. That doesn’t sound like a bad deal. You get unlimited downloads to millions of songs. So whatever you want, just download and try for 14 days. If you like it, continue on with the service. If you decided not to pay for the service, you won’t be able to listen to any of the music downloaded through Urge over the 14 day trial period.

Now comes the interesting part. 6,720 songs is the amount of songs you can listen to in 14 days if the average song is 3 minutes long. But, this isn’t just about listening to them, this is about making a DRM free copy for yourself. Using a program like Analog Whole you can make an analog copy of the song as it’s played on the sound card. There is a loss of sound quality but the DRM is not there anymore. For most people you wouldn’t even notice the difference in the audio file. There are some other programs on the market, like Tune Bite. Tune bite cost money, but it gets good reviews. So that is how you can get 6,720 songs in 14 days using the new Urge service. Download the program, register for Urge, download content, and convert it using one of the programs. Depending on how many computers and email addresses you have you can run this on each computer you have. Did you think it would be harder to get 6,720 songs? Well with all this talk of DRM you would think it would be a lot harder, but there are always people out there working to remove DRM from music.

**Note that what I have just wrote about is against the law. You don’t pay for the music you are copying over to MP3 using one of those programs. Both sites have disclaimers about using them on music you didn’t purchase. And I’m telling you the same thing. Don’t steal music, do it legally. This is just to point out that there are ways around DRM and these companies need to realize that if you purchase the music you should be able to do what you want with it for personal use. If I want to take my iTunes music and use it in Windows Media Player, I should be able to. DRM is punishment for the people that want to obey the law and pay for the music.

I’m not against DRM, but I am against these companies locking the file format so I can’t use my purchased tracks with their competitor. If a company is good and provides a good service with good hardware, there would be no need to want to try others. So sell the song and keep them coming back because of your service, not your format.

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