I never learn! Microsoft’s Facockta Digital Rights Management is a joke! DRM failed for me on Yahoo! Music at least six times over two months and, this morning, DRM failed again on Real’s Rhapsody music service after less than two weeks! 

If you subscribe to any of these awful “download to your music player” music services, you know the nightmare of this URL…
…when you fire up your music software to groove to some tunes.
That Facockta URL is the Facockta Blue Screen of Death
for music lovers and if you think ANYONE has the guts or patience to
even TRY to go through those Facockta steps to restore your Facockta
DRM license, think again: IT DOESN’T WORK! I’ve
tried it. I’ve cried over it. I know.

The second I saw a message
about my Rhapsody Music DRM license being corrupt was the second I
picked up the phone and cancelled my service. I hate Real for not
letting us cancel online. I hate calling Real and speaking to someone
who does not speak English well and who harasses you into trying to get
you to change your mind. I did, however, glow a bit when five minutes
later this email showed up in my inbox:

This email confirms the cancellation of your Rhapsody
subscription. You will no longer be billed for this subscription plan
and your service will terminate at the end of your current billing

Good riddance!
Buy your music! Don’t rent it! You’ll always regret renting. Digital Rights Management doesn’t Facockta work!


  1. Yeah to that, A.W.!
    I have a huge CD collection. I need to start getting it on my computer because this renting and buying “virutal music” is a dead end right now!

  2. A.W. —
    My purchased music collection is mostly 60’s and 70’s Folk and Folk Rock. Lots of Dylan. Lots of Peter, Paul and Mary. Donovan. Baez. Joni Mitchell. Some John Denver and Neil Young in there, too.

  3. I made the mistake of downloading music files that I purchased from a popular service to my computer at work. The service’s license was supposed to allow one to use the files on another computer. However, the music files wouldn’t play when I brought them and the license home. I did get them to play on my MP3 player, so all wasn’t lost when I wasn’t in the office.
    There needs to be a better way to protect music, without making it difficult to use. CDs get scratched and start skipping after a while. MP3 music licenses become corrupt as per your post. Forget about cassette tapes.
    Maybe we should go back to vinyl records. 😉
    There’s something about music played on a turn table that can’t be replicated using a CD or MP3 player.

  4. You can say that again, Chris! I like the idea of returning to days of vinyl! The sound was much warmer. Today’s recorded music sounds tinny and hollow.
    DRM is doomed!
    DRM is hard and unforgiving, and here’s the most rotten part — even if you fix it and get your DRM license “renewed” through that awful process I posted — YOU STILL HAVE TO RE-DOWNLOAD EVERY SONG AGAIN because they are all “expired” and will no longer play.
    In theory you can “renew” the license on the song without re-downloading, but it has never worked. You have to delete your music folder and re-download all your music again. It is a nightmare and a mess.
    Both Yahoo! and Rhapsody “claim” their download and transfer service is good for “up to three computers” but I have not found that to be true in any way.
    There has to be a better way!

  5. I agree with the idea of vinyl returning to the record stores too. My dad, for one, will be delighted as well, seeing he has quite a collection.
    I am very, very careful with my CDs so I don’t have any problems with scratched CDs. 😉

  6. Hi A.W.!
    I just hope we’ll still be able to buy record players in 10 years. You’re smart to take care of your CDs. I read an article a couple of years ago that claimed CDs only have a shelf life of 20 years and then they start decaying from the inside out and you have to buy a new one.

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