This is going to be a list of Vista's media failures. While it should be clear that a system with digital restrictions is designed to extract money from the user, people putting these systems in place are promising better media as a result. Vista delivers a predictable decline in quality and increase in cost, when it actually works.
- Detailed analysis which predicts all of the following and more. (Slashdot coverage of same).
- Disabled SPDIF outputs when "premium content" is detected.
- Working high definition audio drivers that mysteriously stop working and send you off for hours of searching, rebooting and all that fun.
- Degrades the HD movies you make. Why does M$ hate your baby movies?
- Won't work with your cablecard (high definition TV) service, and they knew it and lied about it.
- Missed the DTV transition, so that WMC users got black screens.
- Won't work with Netflix. See this excellently documented DRM failure.
- A year after release, the broadcast flag is activated so that you can't recored your favorite TV show even if you have been lucky enough to get HD video working. This leaves you better off with free software or video tape.
- Vista won't work with your iPod. Really, broken again for Halloween 2008. The original problem was supposed to be fixed now, if you had the right version of ITunes and carefully followed Apple's instructions which still warn you not to use the Windoze "safely remove" feature. As of April of 2008, there were still reports like this. Now is BSoD all over again.
- "graphics OPM resolution too high"
- Playing audio files slows networks to less than 10% of Vista's already degraded performance. M$ says this was expected.
- Vista eliminates Creative's 3D audio acceleration, leaving Creative on par with embedded audio. The referenced article is far to optimistic in it's assessment. Creative is a willing accomplice in this.
- Bluetooth is a pain.
Sooner or later, all restricted media vanishes. This is not just a M$ problem, but M$ is worse than most. It should be noted that many driver problems were created when M$ yanked XP driver support from Vista at the last minute. Customer satisfaction is clearly less important to M$ than DRM.
More than entertainment is at stake here. DRM gives control of your computer to other people who can then decide what you record, watch and ultimately think and publish. A free society can not tolerate non free computing because a free society depends on a free press.