The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

10 November 2007

Reboxing Unbox

For no particular reason, I decided to take a look at Amazon's Unbox video-download service. It was not a good idea.

Issue #1: The Unbox viewer (which you must install) is basically a front-end for Windows Media Player 10 with some additional DRM; what's more, it runs on Microsoft's .NET Framework 2.0. I need hardly point out that this means it won't work on a Mac or on any Un*x derivative; on the other hand, this could be considered an advantage for those operating systems.

Issue #2: The gizmo insinuates itself into the system tray and will not leave.

Issue #3: If you do succeed in removing the gizmo from the system tray (as I did), your uninstall will collapse in a whole screenful of Fail.

I can see owning this if you have a hungry TiVo to feed, but if I'm going to wrestle with DRM, I'd just as soon it be Apple's.

Posted at 6:02 PM to Fileophile


It took me years to get around to downloading music. Downloading movies may take decades -- even without issues like these.

Posted by: McGehee at 10:42 PM on 10 November 2007