October 17, 2006 | By Derek Slater

Creative Labs "Upgrade" Removes FM Radio Recording

Engadget (via BoingBoing) reports yet another digital media device "upgrade" that actually downgrades certain features. Creative Labs' latest firmware update to the Zen MicroPhoto and Zen Vision:M portable media players removes the ability to record FM radio.

None of Creative's customers asked for this misfeature, though certain copyright holders might have. Today radio recording restrictions are not mandatory, but if the major record labels get their way, that won't be the case -- take action now to block digital radio restrictions bills currently in Congress.

UPDATE (21 Nov 2006): apparently responding to the complaints of its customers, Creative has decided to restore FM recording in another firmware revision. Let's hope they don't change their minds again.


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