Wal-Mart DRM Downloads Are Toast
Years ago, it looked as if digital rights management would always rule the roost in online music retailing and anti-DRM advocates were seen as starry-eyed idealists out of touch with reality. Today, it's the pro-DRM side that's out of touch, as most major online retailers have switched over to DRM-free MP3s for music sales. DRM may still have its uses in subscription services and streaming. But for library-building music lovers, MP3, FLAC, and other DRM-free codecs are the ones marching into the future.
Update: Wal-Mart later relented and turned its DRM encryption-key servers back on for an unspecified time. The company still warns customers to back up their downloads to CD.