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OEM Music Software - Don't Fall For It!

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Oct 20, 2009 2:13 pm

We've had quite a few discussions about various 'Cheap OEM' web sites on the SOS Forums recently, and they trade on the confusion that the term OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) seems to generate (largely because so many PC hardware/software sites offer both Retail and slightly cheaper OEM versions of products that come without extras, manuals, and so on).

Sadly some people fall for it, and even think they are paying for the real thing, so rather than start any more threads with links to dodgy web sites offering software at amazingly low prices, have a read of some of these existing threads instead:

www.soundonsound.com/forum/showflat.php ... ber=667699

www.soundonsound.com/forum/showflat.php ... ber=716268

www.soundonsound.com/forum/showflat.php ... ber=710691

www.soundonsound.com/forum/showflat.php ... ber=720714


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Re: OEM Music Software - Don't Fall For It!

Postby benton » Fri Feb 18, 2011 4:56 am

Ive seen this fish before. Nice job on the heads up!
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Re: OEM Music Software - Don't Fall For It!

Postby NickDawes » Wed Mar 16, 2011 1:36 pm

Really useful to know, thanks for the post!
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Re: OEM Music Software - Don't Fall For It!

Postby DaleSmith » Fri Mar 18, 2011 8:54 pm

Cracked software is what it is. The sites do make it look legal, and people do buy them in good faith.
The amount of people doing it on ebay is amazing. I thought they would have tighter rules on this kinda thing.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290545082057&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT#ht_1058wt_1141

for example

:madas:
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Re: OEM Music Software - Don't Fall For It!

Postby healthy diets » Sun Jun 12, 2011 5:01 pm

Recently I downloaded a few songs from a cheap site and saw my credit card was misused by them. One should be very careful while surfing unknown sites.
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Postby SafeandSound Mastering » Thu Feb 16, 2012 7:28 pm

EDIT: Innapropriate response relating to diet website.
Sorry please delete.
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Re: OEM Music Software - Don't Fall For It!

Postby hollowsun » Thu Feb 16, 2012 10:02 pm

DaleSmith wrote:The amount of people doing it on ebay is amazing. I thought they would have tighter rules on this kinda thing.
You seem to be under the impression that eBay actually give a sh!t. They don't!

Impudent wastrels sell my free sound library stuff on the Bay of E claiming it to be their own work ... and eBay couldn't give a toss and you have to leap through hoops and suck pebbles through a straw to prove your copyright. It takes so bloody long that the feckers have long gone by the time eBay start to take notice by which time it's too late.

And when it happens again, you have to start all over again!

As long as eBay get their sales commission, they couldn't care less! Image
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Re: OEM Music Software - Don't Fall For It!

Postby Henry Mark1 » Tue Jun 05, 2012 9:31 am

Nice post. Thanks for sharing this useful resource here with us.
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Re: OEM Music Software - Don't Fall For It!

Postby Stoney » Sat Oct 20, 2012 3:16 pm

So is this legitimate?:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/XP-PROFESSIONAL-SP3-Windows-Professional/dp/B002ORYHKQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350746057&sr=8-1

I thought I was buying a genuine copy from amazon - but it says OEM on the package...
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Re: OEM Music Software - Don't Fall For It!

Postby James Perrett » Sat Oct 20, 2012 4:53 pm

Windows XP is legitimately available as OEM software provided it is sold with hardware - hence the odd reference to hardware in that listing.

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Re: OEM Music Software - Don't Fall For It!

Postby Stoney » Sat Oct 20, 2012 7:00 pm

No hardware with it - just CD and booklet
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Re: OEM Music Software - Don't Fall For It!

Postby Skerrick » Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:47 am

DaleSmith wrote:Cracked software is what it is. The sites do make it look legal, and people do buy them in good faith.
The amount of people doing it on ebay is amazing. I thought they would have tighter rules on this kinda thing.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2905450...

for example

:madas:


yeah man i bought a sample pack for like $4 off ebay that had all the kick drums, hats snares etc from reason, logic, maschine, ableton, fl and cubase... :s
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Re: OEM Music Software - Don't Fall For It!

Postby Dr60hz » Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:58 pm

Nice post Martin. I am new to the forum and I like that people look out for each other here. I have been working with audio for almost 30 years now and the only advice I can add regarding software is, buy it directly from the manufacturer. Go to Waves or whatever company it is that makes what you are looking to purchase, and purchase it from them directly and you can't go wrong.
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Re: OEM Music Software - Don't Fall For It!

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:49 pm

Hi Richard, and welcome to the SOS Forums! 8-)

Yes, we like to look out for forum users, SOS readers and software developers alike here :D

We're all musicians after all!


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Re: OEM Music Software - Don't Fall For It!

Postby Nannie Braz » Wed Mar 05, 2014 3:38 pm

It's nice to know, Very useful..thank you for the post! :)
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Re: OEM Music Software - Don't Fall For It!

Postby alexis » Sat Mar 08, 2014 10:21 pm

James Perrett wrote:Windows XP is legitimately available as OEM software provided it is sold with hardware - hence the odd reference to hardware in that listing.

James.

I'm speccing a pre-built DAW from a reputable company ... the included Windows 7 is "OEM" ... is that anything I should be concerned about/ try to change?

Thanks!
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Re: OEM Music Software - Don't Fall For It!

Postby James Perrett » Mon Mar 10, 2014 1:06 pm

I wouldn't have thought that would be a problems as the company building your computer are a proper OEM - exactly the sort of people that Microsoft intend the OEM version to be sold to.

First line support should come from the DAW maker rather than Microsoft themselves.
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Re: OEM Music Software - Don't Fall For It!

Postby alexis » Mon Mar 10, 2014 1:08 pm

James Perrett wrote:I wouldn't have thought that would be a problems as the company building your computer are a proper OEM - exactly the sort of people that Microsoft intend the OEM version to be sold to.

First line support should come from the DAW maker rather than Microsoft themselves.

Great, thank you, James!
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Re: OEM Music Software - Don't Fall For It!

Postby Scramble » Mon Mar 10, 2014 1:14 pm

alexis wrote:I'm speccing a pre-built DAW from a reputable company ... the included Windows 7 is "OEM" ... is that anything I should be concerned about/ try to change?


This is standard with companies that custom-build computer and DAW systems, and I'd be suspicious if they weren't using an OEM version.
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Re: OEM Music Software - Don't Fall For It!

Postby stewartjames008 » Sun Aug 24, 2014 6:37 pm

OEM (original equiment manufacturer) Music software easy to work with, and when included with your hardware, provide your customers with everything they need to start recording and making music. It is the Best mixing music software.
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