What is the current status of HDGiants? I know they went through a bankruptcy (chapter 11) last year. How have they reorganized? What are they doing differently?
Be aware that their music downloads are DRMed. They use WMA Lossless and Microsoft's digital rights management. Here's what their FAQ says:
|2.What type Music Files and Digital Rights Management Software does MusicGiants Use?
The MusicGiants music that you download to your computer is in Window Media Audio (WMA) Lossless format. Lossless downloads reproduce music at up to 1100 kbps versus the 128 to 192 kbps of other download services. We use Microsoft Windows Media Digital Rights Management software to make sure all the music you purchase is safe and protected. For more information about Microsoft DRM, click here.
To make sure the music you purchase is "safe and protected?". What kind of corporate double-speak is that?
Never ever ever buy music that is DRM protected. It's not your rights that they are protecting (the "rights" in DRM are their rights for the copyright owner, not your rights for fair use). Use DRM to rent music for a week or a month. But never ever buy music that has DRM. You'll get bit by the DRM eventually. Maybe not immediately, but in 5 years or 10 years most definitely guaranteed. When HDGiants went bankrupt their DRM servers went down. Everyone who had music from them could no longer play their music. It was effectively gone (yeah, safe and secure my ass). Want to take that chance again?
They deserve bankruptcy a second time if this is their business model. Only an idiot would make a business model around selling DRMed music. Only an idiot would buy DRMed music. Make a business model around renting music for a week or a month or a year with DRM. That's fine. A business model around actually selling DRMed music is just doomed and deserves failure.
sorry for the rant