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Re: Sony MZ-N707 Disaster

Subject: Re: Sony MZ-N707 Disaster
From: Walter Knapp <>
Date: Sun, 08 Jun 2003 16:44:10 -0400
wonderdog44 wrote:
> Hi everyone.
> I have been a member of this list for quite a while, but have never 
> posted.
> Two months ago I went down to the Sony Store here in Calgary to buy a 
> mini-disk recorder. I very carefully explained to the manager what we 
> were doing (recording bird sounds for publication on the Internet) 
> and asked him which of his models was best for our needs.
> Based on his advice, I ended up buying the Sony MZ-N707.
> Big mistake.
> As most of you already know, you cannot move files you've created 
> yourself to your own computer due to their idiotic file check 
> in/check out system.
> Now here we sit nearing the end of the bird song season with a bunch 
> of mini-disks with no way of converting the files into a useful 
> format.
> I guess I should have been reading me messages a little more 
> carefully.

Many people seemed to quit reading when they found that there was some 
kind of digital transfer available with Net MD, without finding out the 
details. Sony explained how it worked from the first press release. It's 
a example of how you should read for yourself and make sure you 
understand exactly what's going on.

Once I found out (from the original press release) what Net MD really 
was (a encrypted distribution method for selling music tracks 
individually) I have ignored it. So don't know if anyone has hacked the 
system yet.

I'd think you could at least transfer it all via analog, which is high 
quality if done right. Analog signals cannot carry the encryption code. 
Transfer it into your computer by recording the analog, and from there 
on that becomes your "original". Save as .wav or aiff depending on your 
OS and you are all set.

I sure wish we had the resources to take the music industry to court for 
damages from their assumption that all recording is of their precious 
music. At least write your congressman. If we don't yell loud enough we 
may find no recorders left we can use.



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