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Music DRM – I thought that was gone!

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musical_noteEveryone thinks Google’s music service offers music that has no DRM.  But, apparently not.

DRM is the software that stops you from sharing the files with other people.  It forces you to identify who you are before being allowed to use the file.

I simply wanted to buy a piece of music for me and family members to listen to.  You know – people in my household.  Like, if I bought a CD, we could each listen to it.  I specifically went to Google Play to buy it because I was told their music has no DRM.  I thought we could each put the songs on our phones.  But, when trying to upload the music to another family members Google Play Music account, I get a message telling me I cannot because the song was,

song was purchased with another google play account

What?  So, there actually is DRM built in to prevent me from sharing the file.  Maybe I should go back to (ugh) iTunes.  At least with iTunes, I could plug in multiple devices and have everyone in my family access the same music.

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January 7, 2014 at 8:40 am

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Ice Cream Sandwich working well on Nexus S

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I have gotten the Ice Cream Sandwich update on my Nexus S that I use with T-Mobile.  I have had it for more than a week and it’s going very well.  Here are my main observations:

  • It’s faster – This is the main improvement.  Everything is snappier.  It responds to virtual buttons quickly and software starts up quickly.
  • It looks nice.  I didn’t have any complaints with the old Gingerbread look.  But, I like this a little more.  Also, the look is more in-line with the tablet experience (we have a Motorola Xoom Android tablet).
  • The apps that are updated for the new OS are … just that: updated.  Good thing.  I haven’t had any problems with any apps on Ice Cream Sandwich.
  • Google Plus crashes a lot – This is the main drawback.  The Google Plus app doesn’t crash when I am trying to use it.  But, I often get a popup notice that “Unfortunately, Google Plus has stopped” while I’m doing something else.  I guess it was running in the background but I don’t know why it constantly needs to tell me that it has stopped.

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January 6, 2012 at 8:07 pm

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