If you purchased DRM-protected WMA files from Wal-Mart before February of this year, you should burn them to CD sometime very soon.
On October 9, the company is shutting down its DRM server, meaning that after that date you won’t be able to transfer those songs to any other medium, nor will you be able to put them on a new computer or recover them in the event of a crash or an OS re-installation. You’ll still be able to play them on the main, authorized computer as long as it’s still running.
So, the world’s largest public corporation can’t maintain one crappy DRM server so that its customers can continue to enjoy the music they purchased from the company. And they give their customers less than two weeks’ notice of this change in policy. That’s pretty fucked up.
Shit like this is the key reason why i never bought a single DRM-laden song from any company, because it leaves them with the ability to simply turn off your access to the product you purchased.
As one of the links above notes: