Feeds

Microsoft's new DRM Plays For Sh... Shorter

Gifts Apple a tonic

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Microsoft's "PlaysForSure" DRM knocks as much as 25 per cent off the battery life of a portable music jukebox, according to tests.

The CNET testers discovered that playback of encrypted files suffers compared to unencrypted MP3 files. That's not so surprising, and even Apple's own iPod turns in a shorter battery life when playing locked-down AAC files purchased through Apple's iTunes. But what may be surprising is just how much Windows Media 10 affects the experience.

Creative's Zen Vision M rated at close to 16 hours playing regular MP3s, but barely scraped over 12 hours playing Windows Media subscription files. Similar results were recorded for other "Plays For Shorter" devices: with the DRM knocking five hours off the life of iRiver's U10.

Manufacturers need all the help they can get from Apple's vertical dominance over the digital music player market - and this erodes one of the few competitive advantages that Apple's hardware rivals enjoy.

Apple, remember, has the ends sewn up: unique placement on its distribution channel (the Mac), superior synchronization, and seamless integration with its own store, which it is able to run as a loss leader to promote the iPod. Windows Media players are larger and clunkier, but at least they've been able to boast superior battery life. They still can, but not by as much, and not as much as they would like.

Nokia said recently it would have been able to launch its N91 hard drive-based music before in time for the Christmas season, if it hadn't been for interoperability with Microsoft DRM. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media
Not paying Murdoch? You're gonna get a right LEGALLING - thanks to automated software
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Ballmer quits Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Online tat bazaar eBay coughs to YET ANOTHER outage
Web-based flea market struck dumb by size and scale of fail
Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes
Etailer plans to undercut rivals with low transaction fee offer
Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio
Activision Blizzard might like quality control of a CoD film
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.