QUOTE(Cresho @ Oct 3 2006, 10:46 PM)
Some m4a files are encoded with DRM which prohibits such conversions if you purchased your stuff from itunes store. For this reason, many people buy the Physical CD and ripps them into mp3 just like I do. From now on, get your stuff physically and do not rely on digital downloads. Your basically not owning it and you are just renting it. Missrepresentation of this will go into courts sooner or later as soon as people can get a clue what is really going on. Anyway, Easy CDDA has a file converter so you can cross ripp your m4a files into something else.
Just to digress a bit here ...
Cresho, arent you being a bit too strong here denouncing digital downloads in this age and time and instead supporting what the RIAA has also been saying - keep buying the physical CD for $15-$20 bucks a piece.
I don't agree there. While I do agree that iTunes is actually setting you back somewhat with their proprietary codecs and DRM too, that does not taint the whole of Digital Downloads. There are many LEGAL download sites where you can get simple plain MP3 (ok, most time maybe WMA's) etc which you can own and copy from device to device (they are few and far between though).
If times are to change and we are to catalyse that change, then you have to accept this new paradigm of music ditribution - digital downloads. And the msuic companies will also support such legal methods of distribution eventually - like they already are.
Of course, that does not mean we have to accept all kinds of disparate DRM methods being forced down on us, which also do not play with each other. That I do not agree with. But neither do I agree with buying a physical CD (or record) for $15 and have to listen to 10 bad songs when I just wanted to listen to 1 good song in there.
Just a little discourse ... :-)