Back up those songs bought through Yahoo by Sept. 30


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Jon Healey at the Bit Player blog has the scoop: Starting on Sept. 30, Yahoo will stop supporting music bought through its now-defunct digital download store. He writes:

The upshot: starting Oct. 1, said customers won’t be able to revive frozen tracks or move working ones onto new hard drives or computers, because Yahoo won’t be providing any more keys to the songs’ DRM wrappers. But hey, they can always buy MP3 versions from Yahoo’s new partner Rhapsody!


Microsoft got a ton of grief when it tried a similar move earlier this year. The consumer backlash forced it to offer provide support for its MSN music store until 2011. It will be interesting to see whether Yahoo is shamed into doing the same -- or whether anyone really notices.

-- Chris Gaither