Making sure you own your Digital Music

Yahoo announced the shutdown of its Yahoo music last week and with that exposed some of the problems of Digital Rights Management software. DRM as it is known is designed to impose controls on how you use digital content over and above those currently imposed by standard copyright law.

These controls can have to unintended effect of removing some of the rights you should be entitled to. There are several locations that Irish users can obtain DRM free music,

  • Napster : The site that kicked off the whole music sharing problem is now legal and DRM free
  • 7Digital : The Warner Bros music collection
  • Amazon : (for US users currently, but hopefully the rest of us someday
  • : A new irish site for music users with a large collection of online music

To strip off Apple’s DRM simply following their instructions for making a CD, and then import that CD again. Make can turn up the audio quality on the Preferences panel for importing in iTunes.

Engadget has all the good juice on how to get your Music of your iPod if you’ve lost your original iTunes library or PC/Mac storage device.


4 comments so far

  1. Niall Larkin on

    For wireless headcams a good option is the ATC 2K from Oregon Scientific. Its purpose built for attaching to your helmet and taking knocks. Lots of footage on youtube. You should be able to get one thru ebay for €100 including delivery from US and an SD card.

  2. Ronan on

    EphPod is a great little piece of software too, great for getting Old Music off iPods.

  3. Mark on

    For one CD that is great but I bought the entire back collection with the U2 iPod (years ago), and none of it will play on my SONOS, so how do I convert all of that (it’s a lot of CD’s)

  4. Joe on


    Burn your music to a DVD. Then you should be able to fit everything.


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