The BBC is considering changing its “listen again” service to include Digital Rights Management so that it can only be used by people using a recent version of Windows:
The only system that currently provides this security is Windows Media 10 and above. Further, the only comprehensively deployed operating system that currently supports Windows Media Player 10 and above is the Windows XP operating system. As a result of these DRM requirements the proposed BBC iPlayer download manager element therefore requires Windows Media Player 10 and Windows XP.
This means that those of us who use an Apple Mac, Linux or an older version of Windows will not be able to listen to programmes stored on the BBC site.
This will screw me up: I use Linux to download programmes from the BBC site and convert them to MP3 files so that I can listen to them on my MP3 player on my way to work.
If you think the BBC’s proposals are a bad idea, please respond to the consultation saying so.
Hat tip: Glyn Moody