Thursday, October 18, 2007

More Copy Protection Bullshit

I just bought Norah Jones' CD Not Too Late, brought it home, put in my laptop to listen to, and nothing happened. I tried it again, and nothing. The drive didn't even acknowledge that there was a disc in the drive. So we tried it in my portable CD player, running through my stereo in the living room. Played fine. So the disc isn't screwed up. I decided to do some research.

Apparently, companies are (and have been for a while I guess; I hardly ever buy CDs anymore, so how would I know?) producing the discs with so much copy protection on them that they deliberately are made NOT to run on PCs, in an effort to stem copying and the proliferation of MP3s and file sharing. Don't believe me? Check this out:

Corrupt audio discs, aka "Copy-Protected CDs"

CD creator burns copy-protection efforts

And finally, Lawmaker: Is CD copy-protection illegal?

They're shitting on the paying customer once again to protect their profits. Lovely.

In contrast, in the same shopping trip, I picked up Rammstein's Reise, Reise and it plays just fine in my laptop's DVD drive. Furthermore, maybe a half hour ago, I downloaded "There Is No Light" by Mairead Nesbitt off Amazon.com's fairly new no-DRM MP3 download purchasing service. For $0.89, I'm plenty happy with my one-song purchase, with no protection, no ties to one music player, and at 224kbps and 44kHz. Hey CD publishers! Take note! You just lost another customer, and your business model is on the way out.

Fuck off with your copy protection.

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