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Listen Like Thieves

Even for technically-inclined users, managing PlaysForSure subscriptions can prove to be quite a challenge.
bq.Here’s the problem I’m now running into: I’ve currently got a subscription to Napster, a trial account with Rhapsody, and another trial account with MTV’s URGE. That’s three separate subscriptions I’ve got floating across all my systems. Now, I’ve already downloaded Pearl Jam’s new album through Napster. I can’t listen to it in either Rhapsody or URGE. I’ve paid for it already! So, let’s say I turn off Napster and switch to URGE. I’d have to download the album again. What’s more, Windows Media Player / Windows Explorer doesn’t tell me where the album came from – I have to guess. I have to play (by trial and error) to see which albums are supported by which service. THIS IS MADNESS! – “Chris Pirillo(Why DRM Sucks)”: Surely iTunes users don’t have problems like that.
bq.If I had like five computers and six ipods-let’s say-and I need to get songs I *paid* for off one and on to the others what software could I buy to do this? I can’t believe that I’ve bought over 10 ipods in my life, and spents thousands on music, only to have to jump through hoops to move my music around-it’s a disaster. This DRM stuff hurts the best paying cusomters most… I wish Steve Jobs would just un-DRM the whole darn thing and let me move my music around. – “Jason Calacanis(Best DRM cracking software for iTunes/iPod on Windows?)”: Well, perhaps we can look to the entertainment industry to improve things.
bq.Protecting intellectual property is a legitimate goal for Congress – after all, the Constitution called on Congress to give authors and inventors exclusive rights “to promote the progress of science and useful arts.” The task has grown more urgent with the emergence of an Internet-fueled global information economy. But what the entertainment industry is seeking in this year’s proposals isn’t merely protection from piracy; it’s after increased leverage to protect its business models. – “Los Angeles Times(We aren’t all pirates)”:,0,2000938.story Perhaps things will get better eventually. But it is going to take a good long while before that happens.

By Michael K Pate

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997.

Michael was born in Avon Park, Florida in 1966. Except for a couple of brief periods in his life (once in Tampa and once in Winter Haven/Haines City), he has been a life-long resident.

Originally, he planned on a career as a Computer Programmer and therefore graduate from Webber College with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems in 1988. However, unhappy with career opportunities at the time, he soon returned to school and received a BS in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida.

He began his career in education at Avon Elementary and later Avon Park Middle working as a Computer Lab Coordinator. While technological challenges were interesting, he found himself more and more interested in becoming a Media Specialist. He began work on his MLS in 1995.

However, a summer internship at the Sebring Public Library in 1996 soon made him reconsider just what his career should be. Upon graduation in 1997, he secured a position as a Media Specialist at Eastside Elementary in Haines City. Eventually, the position he was looking for opened up and he returned to SPL as Reference Librarian in 1999.

In 2003, he became Assistant Director of the Highlands County Library System, serving in that role until the position was eliminated during a late round of budget cuts in 2010. Since then, he has been the Computer Support Specialist for the Heartland Library Cooperative. In 2011, he began serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium.