] Not content with asking for an arm and a leg from
] consumers and artists, the music industry now wants your
] fingerprints, too. The RIAA is hoping that a new breed of
] music player which requires biometric authentication will
] put an end to file sharing.
] Established biometric vendor Veritouch has teamed up with
] Swedish design company to produce iVue: a wireless media
] player that allows content producers to lock down media
] files with biometric security. This week Veritouch
] announced that it had demonstrated the device to the RIAA
] and MPAA.
Oh yes, this will be very funny. Lets see how the music service that requires your fingerprints does in the marketplace with counterparts such as Apple's offerings, which are decidedly "weak" in their protections and somewhat respectful of privacy. Well, they don't want my fingerprints at the very least..
For that matter, any general authentication platform that might make this worthwhile or attractive, will not be successful if companies hated by tech consumers are driving. Microsoft, for example..