MSN changes its mind. Won’t nuke the MSN Music servers… for now.

Remember how back in April we got word that Microsoft was going to shut down license servers that authenticated music purchased through their now-defunct MSN Music store?

Well apparently there was enough of an outcry that they’ve changed the mind and will be keeping the servers up through the end of 2011.

Dear MSN Music customer,

On April 22, Microsoft notified you that as of August 31st, 2008, we would be changing the level of support for music purchased from MSN Music, and while your existing purchased music would continue to play, you would no longer be able to authorize new PCs and devices to play that music.

After careful consideration, Microsoft has decided to continue to support the authorization of new computers and devices and delivery of new license keys for MSN Music customers through at least the end of 2011, after which we will evaluate how much this functionality is still being used and what steps should be taken next to support our customers. This means you will continue to be able to listen to your purchased music and transfer your music to new PCs and devices beyond the previously announced August 31, 2008 date.

Microsoft continues to recommend that you back up your music on CD or hard drive along with other important data.


MSN Music team

Which is nice and all, but just postpones the problem to a later date. Perhaps they’re hoping you’ll be sick of those songs by then and won’t care if you can’t use them any more. Or, if they’re smart, they’ll just release a tool that strips the DRM right off the files in a future update of Windows Media Player.

Yeah, as if.

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