My Coke Music - NOT

October 27, 2004 // Tagged in: Internet, Tech-Stuff

Out of curiosity, I checked out coke’s own music download portal in Austria. But obviously, they don’t want me there. Because, as they say, my computer doesn’t meet their requirements, since I don’t run any of the operating systems they prefer. Which would be either Windows 98, ME, 2000 or XP. The reason they won’t let me access their service is, that according to them, my operating system is not compatible with their version of the WMA(Windows Media Audio) format, equipped with a special DMA(Digital Rights Management) copy protection. Now, I do know that at least two of the players on my system can play back WMA. But obviously, the cokemusic-people fear I could circumvent their copy-protection by listening to a song on a system other than Windows. Does that mean their songs are only protected on a Windows machine? That would be quite poor copy-protection, in my eyes. Fortunately, I don’t care about the music Coke has to offer me, so no harm done, but for people who do, an alternative operating system could come in quite handy.