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Leave it to the Hawthorne Effect, right? It's been three days since we spilled the beans about the PlaysForSure-stripping FairUse4WM app, and already Microsoft's Windows Digital Media Division is issuing notices to its PlaysForSure licensees regarding patching up the problem. It's a little difficul

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We know that you're already probably working to fix the, um, hole that's been discovered in Windows DRM 10/11, but we're going to ask you this anyway: please don't stop consumers from using FairUse4WM to remove copy protection from music they've downloaded. We understand why you put DRM on these f

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So far as the yet very quiet forums are claiming, a new app called FairUse4WM can be used to strip Windows Media DRM 10 and 11 (i.e. PlaysForSure, but not WM DRM 9). Yes, yes, we know, we've heard this song and dance before. But before we proceed, let's just be totally clear on how the system works

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Ah yes, the carabiner, most carabiner-ee of all audio player forms. These new ones from Sharp, a followup to their similar MP-S200/S300 DAPs of last year, don't really have a lot more going for them, but we'll give you the break down just for old time's sake. The capacities are the same measly 51

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What's a budget-class device manufacturer to do when they can't be bothered with making their line of MP3 players interesting through the tired methods of design and feature inclusion? JVC Victor has answered that age-old question by dressing up their new XA-F112 (top) and XA-F52 (bottom) in all

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Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about the future of technology, multimedia, and digital entertainment: At Microsoft, we know that customers appreciate the importance of choice and compatibility. If you're in the market for a new digital media player, look for the logo that en

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If we didn't know any better we might say LG's new MFFM20 smacks of a little post-Rio-inspired design, spiced with a dash of Sony n' Ilo. Wherever this 512MB or 1GB device got its asymmetrical design cues from, the little shiny OLEDtastic player supports PlaysForSure, and has a 20 hour battery life

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From the looks of it our own Stephen Speicher was on to something in his latest edition of The Clicker. We've received word from a trusted insider (no, not Mr. Speicher) that the shape everyone's been expecting the Zune to take may not be the approach most people (including us) assumed. Here's what

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Clearly it was the name "Pebble" which caused the EZAV EMP-700 music player to come up short in its attempt to usurp the iPod from its DAP dominating position. Oomi, yeah, duh, that's the change that's needed. That and support for PlaysForSure WMA, MP3, a 2GB capacity, voice recorder, FM

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Napster isn't so shy about their new DAPs after all. We just got to spend a little time with Napster's new 1GB PlaysForSure promotional player, and we liked what we saw for the most part. The tiny device probably won't be seen outside of its current role of attracting 1-year subscriptions, but it

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RCA's got a new pair of hard drive-based MP3 players for those folks still grieving over the death of the iPod mini, complete with 4GB and 6GB hard drives, black and white screens, and even a little bit of design flair in the form of chrome accents. The only real difference between the H100 (picture

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If you've been looking for a no-frills wireless Streamium adapter that won't wake you up in the morning, Philips is dropping their new SLA 5520 that might just do the trick. There's only a small two-toned screen, and no video support or extra functionality other than PlaysForSure. Still, for $99

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So, here we have Digital Cowboy's new SOUND Cowboy audio excrescence. This AM/FM radio with an aptitude for MP3 and WMA PlaysForSure playback features 256MB of on-board memory, SD expansion, and a \"drip-proof\" sheath of boxy plastic to keep your Hank dry for up to 10-hours off battery. The perfect

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We've been following start-up Music Gremlin for some time now, from its ambitious beginnings as a software company through its transition to a reference device designer and finally into a self-branding manufacturer, so we were more than a little disappointed to learn that lukewarm reviews of the rec

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Blu-ray players and portable media centers weren't the only thing on Royal Philips Electronics' mind today, as the company also revealed a new pair of flash-based GoGear DAPs as part of the \"Holidays in June\" campaign. We've already seen Philips do the flash thing before -- not to mention the hard d

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Remember that Tatung Portable Media Center that first turned up at Computex almost exactly a year ago? No? Don't worry about it, because it turns out that Philips is OEM'ing it. The Philips version, which is dubbed the PMC7230, comes with a 30GB hard drive (though the version we played with had only

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You have to admire their determination, 'cause MSI just keeps the MP3 players coming. This swanky pair feature 1.8-inch 128x160 displays, optional FM tuners, line-in/voice/FM radio recording, and playback of your JPEG snaps and MP3/WMA and PlaysForSure WMA audio files. The P610 (on the left) sports

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We can't say we were too excited about Creative's MuVo S200 when it was announced a couple of months ago, and now CNET has taken it for a spin and confirmed most of our suspicions. Sure, the player has a cute and tactile -- if flimsy -- build, a roughly 20 hour battery life from replaceable AAA b

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If you're one of the select few who've decided to say \"iDon't,\" then A/V electronics manufacturer Dual has a new car stereo that might be right up your alley, as it allows you to hook up your PlaysForSure-compatible DAP and control it from the head unit or included remote. Well, it actually costs a

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Some six months after first announcing it, Microsoft and MTV have launched their URGE music service. The new service will be fairly similar to other subscription-based services that rely on Microsoft's PlayForSure DRM, and will offer 2 million songs, and have a monthly fee of $9.99, or $14.99 for a

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