Could someone who understands hardware marketing speak better than I please translate the following into plain English?
The Inq has a preview of the Xonar D2X, an only somewhat vaporous as yet unreleased Asus sound card (they have a photo). The Xonar D2X is designed to compete with Creative's excellent X-Fi (which really is great) but it also sports an extra feature which the Inq. obfuscates as follows:
What makes this sound card a bit special is the presence of a secondary music processor, which allows legal “ripping” of music you've bought onto regular MP3, WMAs and so on. The trick is called Analogue Loopback Transformation, or in technical terms, the redirection of outputs from a physical output to secondary audio processor which will then record the file in the format you want.
Here's what I want to know: Does this mean that if one has a 'trusted' computer and/or a Vista-like 'trusted' OS that is designed to prevent the user from copying data without permission from Mom, that this sound card will rip it anyway? Is this a DMCA killer? Or does the word “legal” in the quote above mean “DRM inside”?