Yahoo has revealed plans to close the Yahoo! Music Store – and in an echo of the nightmare of DRM when online providers fail, has told customers it plans to stop supporting their legally-acquired music.
Essentially, the company will switch-off the authorisation servers, meaning users attempting to transfer their music collections to other computers will be sunk. They may as well have invested in 8-Track.
We’ve always been greatly concerned that DRM, far from protecting musicians, actually punishes consumers. The biggest question any music lover should ask when buying music online is “what happens when the service shuts down?”