Microsoft will be switching off its PlaysForSure licensing servers on August 31st 2008. What does this mean? It means that if you bought music from the MSN Music store, you're going to be shafted by your lackadaisical attitude to DRM.
Technically, tracks will continue to play forever on licensed machines (of which you can have up to five), but if you upgrade your OS, buy a new computer or just make enough hardware changes to your existing machine, you're screwed come September..
This is why DRM is bad, I've been harping about this for years now as many others have. First of all the consumer has no idea what they are getting themselves into when they buy one of these files. The music industry claims they need DRM to protect copyrights. That very well may be one of the reasons but that is not the real reason IMO. For years one of the major parts of the music and video industries business model has been to sell you the same content over and over. I've multiple copies of albums myself, LP, cassette and finally CD. With the advent of digital music there is no longer a need for this. This FYI is one of the reasons the music industry is "losing" money. People like me no longer need to buy 2 extra cassesttes because we wore them out.
Enter DRM, DRM will give music life allowing them to continue with the decades old practice of selling you the same content numerous times.