Tommy Perkins posts yet another reason to hate DRM. According to this CNET article, it can have a significant negative impact on your device's battery life - as much as 25% as you can see below.

  • Creative Zen Vistion:M: 16 hours with MP3s, 12 hours with only WMA subscription tracks
  • Archos Gmini 402 Camcorder: 11 hours with MP3s, 9 hours with DRM tracks
  • iRiver U10: 32 hours with MP3s, 27 hours playing subscription tracks
  • The iPod, playing back only FairPlay AAC tracks, "underperformed MP3s by about 8 percent."

This isn't terribly surprising, of course, given the additional processing required to validate and decrypt, but it's surely off-putting.

Oh, and if that wasn't enough, RIAA says future DRM might "threaten critical infrastructure and potentially endanger lives.


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