Vista and Commercially produced MP3 Libraries and performance

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Music, Pictures and Video' started by John Gelanzes, Feb 9, 2007.

  1. Dear MS MVP,

    I have concerns about Vista DRM and it's impact on my job. Please answer a
    couple of simple questions.

    I am employed as a professional Audio and Commercial production director for
    Radio, TV and Internet. I produce many commercials promoting local concerts
    for major recording/singing groups. In spot production I typically rip the
    CD audio onto my hard drive in high quality MP3 format. I then import
    selected audio tracks into my digital audio workstation program. The
    operation, as described, allows me to work quickly.

    Will I be able to work this way with Windows Vista? With what software? Will
    Vista be open to third party MP3 rippers (such as AudioGrabber or CDEX)?

    Lastly, what about my current (vast) collection of MP3s? This collection is
    my entire library of commercial production music. Will Vista allow me to use
    these files; unhindered, without dropping to some DRM impaired standard of

    I look forward to your answers.

    John Gelanzes, Feb 9, 2007
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  2. John Gelanzes

    Adam Dorado Guest

    Sadly, Vista DRM is hugely misunderstood. Just because Vista has implemented
    DRM in some levels does not mean that you are forbiden to play your old MP3
    library. If they did that most people would decry Vista and go back to XP.
    In fact Media Player even still allows you to rip MP3s instead of using the
    WMA file format with a registry hack or through a third party vendor. The
    support of the Applications which you use is up to the vendor itself however
    and most are updating their applications for use with Vista. The strength of
    windows is its' developers so you will always see the ability to do things
    on Windows that are not in the OS itself.

    To sum it up, don't fear Vista taking your vast collection and DRMing them.
    This is what some people want you to fear, DRM is nothing more than
    protecting content such as Digital TV on your hard drive. Hopefully this
    helps, my 30 gig mp3 library is running better than ever under media player
    11. Thanks MS.
    Adam Dorado, Feb 9, 2007
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  3. John Gelanzes

    Dale Guest

    There's a lot still up in the air with Vista and DRM. There have been many
    stories of media, including MP3 files, that worked great with XP and WMP 10
    that suddenly do not work with WMP 11. On Vista, there are a lot of
    unresolved issues with playback quality, skips, stuttering, and other
    quality problems.

    For the most part, I think the expectation is that the Vista issues will
    turn out to be drivers but the issues with permissions, including some with
    MP3 files, in WMP 11 remain unanswered.

    The point being, don't upgrade a production PC to Vista. Test on a test bed
    first. And test with backup copies of your media.

    Dale, Feb 10, 2007
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