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Copy Protected CDs - Why?



Prior to it's release, I ordered Royksopp's, "The Understanding", so you can imagine my subsequent delight when it plopped it's way through my door this morning (a review will follow soon). As I ripped off the packaging, my jaw dropped when a saw a little logo plastered all over the case. It was stuck on the front, on the spine, on the back, on the inlay card and the actual CD itself.

This logo indicates that the CD is copy protected.

Reading on the back of the case, it gets better. Apparently, one is supposed to use a piece of software included on the disk to play it on your computer. There's also an additional note...

"On some equipment, for example car CD players, playback problems may be encountered".

Bloody marvellous.

So, theoretically, you can't play it on a computer without the right software and you might not be able to play it in your car. So what exactly is this lump of plastic that I've just bought - is it a CD, or isn't it? Like myself, CD Player manufacturers should be ranting that companies such as EMI aren't even manufacturing CDs that stick to the standards.

To to it all, I've popped the CD into both my Macs, opened up ITunes and used Lame to rip the tracks as MP3s. Huzzah!

So the truth is, it's a copy protected disk that isn't, that might not play on half the equipment it's supposed to. What's the point? All it does is piss off legitimate purchasers - and you can copy the disk anyway.

As a consequence, I've decided that this will be my first and last purchase of a CD that displays this logo - let the CD manufacturers rant that sales are down. As far as I'm concerned, they've nailed their own coffins by selling me an inferior product. Copy protection is the spawn of Satan's bottom.
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