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Video Killed the Radio Star

Or, the times, they are a-changin’:

To a certain extent I admire this. It’s a way of making the physical object worth more than the digital download. But it can also be seen as yet another example of DRM. In this case, the stronger DRM present on a DVD than the unprotected audio CD. The big downside of course is that the DVD is only playable on a DVD player. Which for many will mean no playing in the car, on a portable CD player or on the average stereo. That seems quite a strange idea. Music that can only be played on a television.

Text from Kim Cameron, [quoting Julian Bond] “Music that can only be played on a television,” and The Buggles, “Video Killed The Radio Star.”

One comment on "Video Killed the Radio Star"

  • Kim Cameron says:

    Your feed must have lost the formatting – I didn’t say “To a certain extent I admire this.” That was julian bond, who I was quoting. I agree with most of what he said, but not that.

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