I've got two different DRM stories for you to read today. The first is more dangerous than the second, but the second is more annoying because it affects iTunes and the iPod. Both, as far as I can tell, only affect Windows users. But we should all be aware of what the media companies are doing with DRM.
Story, the First
Sony has been releasing CD's that apparently (on Windows machines) actually install a rootkit on users' computers without their knowledge. This article is highly-technical and definitely Windows-geekified, but it's still an astonishing development in the world of DRM. Sony is apparently so paranoid about people copying songs from a purchased CD, they are willing to cause irreparable harm to a user's computer. If an inexperienced user attempts to uninstall the rootkit, it can cripple his computer. There's a lawsuit waiting to happen here, I'm sure.
Story, the Second
Again, we have Sony pulling strings in the DRM market. This is a well-written 4-party story about how weird DRM has gotten and how, in this case, the DRM doesn't appear to be about protecting the songs from being copied, but about disabling their playability in iTunes and the iPod. So DRM, as the author points out, is now being used as a competitive weapon rather than for anti-piracy.