Yahoo deactivates DRM servers: Music files become useless
Via Email Yahoo announced that by September 30 the DRM servers will be shut down - and the downloaded music titles won't work anymore.
DRM (Digital Rights Management) encodes the music and thus can only be used with a license. This license is only available via internet connection. If verification is impossible, the music files become useless. It is not possible to copy the files to a portable player or use them after installing a new operating system.
Yahoo's server shutdown will leave a lot of dead files on the customers' hardware. The recommendation of Yahoo: Burn the music files onto a CD and then reconvert them from there. A payback or trading the files for unprotected versions don't seem to be suitable options for Yahoo. It is an open secret that DRM won't be successful and similar problems would raise - and once again it is the honest paying customer who has to suffer the consequences. And there is possibly more mischief to come with the current HD copy protection.