Mix: DRM, French law, Gratis Internet, HD Radio

An MP3.com report says that purchased music wrapped in digital rights management (DRM) technology drains your iPod battery faster than regular audio files.

While French lawmakers have discussed forcing companies such as Apple to open up their proprietary music formats, they have yet to offer an official proposal on the matter for voting.

Despite promises to never sell or transfer its huge list of contacts, Gratis Internet, best known for its “Free iPod” pyramid schemes, has sold 7.2 million Americans’ names, e-mail addresses, home phone numbers and street addresses to e-mail marketing giant Datran Media.

Mercury Radio Research has released the results of a survey of 1,000 people about HD Radio and the iPod: “Given the choice between the two technologies at the same price, better than 50% preferred HD over the iPod.”

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