Orbitcast: RIAA's Time-out for Time-shifting

Monday, November 07, 2005

Ryan over at Orbitcast.com found some info about the S50, neXus and DJ Satellite.. and the RIAA's problems with them... The RIAA is pushing for incorporating a time-out function for time-shifted devices, like the Sirius S50 and XM's Samsung neXus and Dell DJ Satellite MP3/Satellite Radio units. And while the RIAA declined to make any comments, the Samsung cited in a email survey to customers:

“a recent push by the recording industry� to make time-shifted satellite radio content on planned flash-memory MP3 players “expire� on the player 90 days after it is recorded. For an additional cost you could be allowed to transfer the content to your computer, but if the fee is not paid, the content on the player would become permanently inaccessible after 90 days.�

There is talk about how this coincides with the delay of the Samsung and Dell units, but that the Sirius S50 continues to march on because it complies with the 1992 Audio Home Recording Act.

It seems that XM is taking a more conservative approach in releasing these devices, possibly because both Samsung and Dell are involved (and one or more of these parties are taking the conservative stance) while Sirus and Directed seem to be of the same mindset, get it out now... . It looks like this midset is giving Sirius the edge..

Check out full details at Orbitcast.com


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't mind the 90 day expiration thing that much. If that is the only compromise or limitation we have, then I could easily live with that. I just don't want them to kill the ability to individually access certain tracks, and to put time limits on the length recordings are required to be. But the 90 day thing is no big deal to me. I plan on re-recording over mine almost daily (I already do so with my MyFi). I have an IPOD for keeping permanent music. I'm not looking to keep tracks from Sirius forever.

Tue Nov 08, 08:49:00 AM EST  

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