More on the Yahoo DRM Fiasco


The other day, after a vicious round of flaming across the blogosphere yonder, Yahoo reversed its decision to screw Yahoo Music customers by shutting down the DRM licensing server this coming fall.

In that statement, Yahoo promised to “compensate” their users, but without specifying how. Now MediaPost has the answer: Yahoo is offering both coupons and refunds (take your pick) to users who will lose access to their music come September 30th, when the Yahoo Music servers join that great big CompUSA in the sky.

Interestingly, the company said Wednesday that it is offering coupons for users to buy the songs again through Yahoo’s new partner—you guessed it—RealNetworks’s Rhapsody. As a bonus, they’ll be in a DRM-free MP3 format, the same as with the Verizon hookup announced last month.

Refunds will still be available for users who “have serious problems with this arrangement,” Yahoo said in the report.

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