The excellent site, ReadWriteWeb is reporting that as the Yahoo Music Store exits the scene it will no longer support the Digital Rights Management (DRM) licensing that was embedded in tunes purchased from the service. This will serve as an excellent illustration of what DRM means in the marketplace. Technological obsolescence built into the digital file has significant implications on the longevity of that file.
ReadWriteWeb quotes an e-mail message from Yahoo! Music:
"Songs and albums that were purchased through the Yahoo! Music Unlimited Store are protected by a digital rights management system that requires a valid license key before they can be played on your computer.
After the Store closes, Yahoo! will no longer be able to support the retrieval of license keys for music purchased from Yahoo! Music Unlimited, and Yahoo! will no longer be able to authorize song playback on additional computers.
After September 30, 2008, you will not be able to transfer songs to unauthorized computers or re-license these songs after changing operating systems. Please note that your purchased tracks will generally continue to play on your existing authorized computers unless there is a change to the computer's operating system."