Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
The history of music on the internet is very twisted: it started off with central file sharing services and quickly developed into large p2p networks. At the same time the big music labels showed an almost unbelievable level of dullness and stupidity when they tried to “battle” p2p networks with lawsuits and DRM secured music. All sides lost something in this war, and I guess the only winner was Microsoft.
Luckily these days are over now and in the US almost all big labels offer DRM free music in MP3. And yesterday Sony Germany joined the club and now offers legal music downloads in high quality. The entire process actually works with Konqueror (3.5.9 on Fedora 8), so there is no need for Microsoft software at all. If I saw it right there wasn’t even flash or anything else used. Just a plain page which, in the end, offered me the files inside a zip container.
And it worked!