Monday, March 20, 2006

DRM and the second law

We have another reason to be concerned about drm and the link between the second law of thermodynamics and digital information. DRM drastically shortens battery life and hence contributes to increasing overall energy consumption.

"Heavy DRM not only slows down an MP3 player but also sucks the very life out of them. Take, for instance, the critically acclaimed Creative Zen Vision:M, with a rated battery life of up to 14 hours for audio and 4 hours for video. CNET tested it at nearly 16 hours, with MP3s--impressive indeed. Upon playing back only WMA subscription tracks, the Vision:M scored at just more than 12 hours. That's a loss of almost 4 hours, and you haven't even turned the backlight on yet."

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