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Official BitTorrent Store: DOA with DRM
'Usability problems' as Cohen predicted...
by Karl Bode 09:51AM Thursday Mar 01 2007
A recent comparison between an iTunes-purchased TV episode and a pirated copy showed that legit download services have a long way to go if companies want to keep users from gobbling up pirated wares. Early impressions of the official BitTorrent store are in, and this system also suffers from a rash of problems. Unsurprisingly, a lot of the issues are DRM-related, and they were predicted by BitTorrent creator Bram Cohen before the official store launched. Cohen in December:
"We're rolling out with some content DRM'd, using Windows DRM, at the insistence of our content partners. We're very concerned about the usability problems DRM introduces, and are educating our content partners about the lost commercial opportunity."
That education attempt apparently didn't go so well.

Update: Something not mentioned in the various impression reports we've seen is that the site now offers "free" games that are really just crippled demo versions provided by TryMedia (they're a division of our friends at Macrovision), some of which are infected with adware (screenshot).

We're not much for predictions, but we're going to go out on a limb here and guess that offering DRM-crippled video and adware soaked games isn't going to be a huge profit maker for Mr. Cohen and company. Users are going to take one look at this mess and head right back to less ethically concerned (and free) alternatives.

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Silver Spring, MD

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reply to guitarzan

Re: Free stuff

or if your a medic, heal the chit out of anything that bleeds. =)

I think its also interesting how "updates" and patches are getting their own pirate channels too. As in a certain game, where you've got to DL a critical patch or update, the updates given to you clean or just embedded already. Love these tubes.

Karl Bode
News Guy

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reply to Anonymous
I think so. But keep downloading and tell me what it does and how it works...I'm curious since that's such a big file.....(just leave your spyware protection on)

Can you do Blu?
Hercules, CA

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Ha Ha!!!

Told ya!
Doomed before it even gets started! LMAO!