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Subject: Re: Archos recorder and SCMS

Re: Archos recorder and SCMS

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Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2002 09:46:29 -0400

I had the same questions when I originally was looking to buy the Studio
20. There are directions on the 'net to turn SCMS off completely. (This
was the *first* thing I did when I turned my recorder on. :-)

Here's the address for the directions. (It's actually fairly simple.)

This worked for me in rev 1.24g firmware, so they've been consistent so
far. I do a lot of digital importing of my own work when coming from the
studio, etc. and having SCMS in the way is a major PITA. If Archos ever
releases a firmware version where you can't turn SCMS off, I'll be very

That should ease your pain somewhat. Hope it helps.

Matt O'Reilly

                    Charlie Stross
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Hi there -- I'm new to the list, but a trawl through the archives
didn't answer this question ...

Reading the release notes for Archos's firmware updates to the
Jukebox MP3 recorder (at I spotted in version
1.21d: "Implemented improved SCMS* (Serial Copyright Management System),
Fixed bugs within SCMS, which caused errors when encoding from digital

SCMS is ... ugly. As I'm about to buy a Jukebox Recorder 20 and need to
record some performances for distribution on the net -- performances I'm
giving -- I'm wondering just how Archos have gone about implementing
this? Is the SCMS copy bit only set on direct line-in digital recordings,
or does the jukebox try to add it to every file you write onto it? Or

(The existence of things like SCMS -- and its effect on legitimate artists
is one of the biggest arguments I can think of for projects like rockbox.
Keep up the good work!)
-- Charlie
Received on 2002-04-08

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