In the forums on the Sony Music website, Tim Foreman of the band Switchfoot talks about the copy protection on their CD:
my heart is heavy with this whole copy-protection thing. Many PC users have posted problems that they have had importing the new songs (regular disc only, not the dual disc) into programs such as Itunes. Let me first say that as a musician AND as a music fan, I agree with the frustration that has been expressed. We were horrified when we first heard about the new copy-protection policy that is being implemented by most major labels, including Sony (ours), and immediately looked into all of our options for removing this from our new album. Unfortunately, this is the new policy for all new major releases from these record companies. It is heartbreaking to see our blood, sweat, and tears over the past 2 years blurred by the confusion and frustration surrounding this new technology. It is also unfortunate when bands such as ourselves, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, etc… (just a few of the new releases with copy protection) are the target of this criticism, when there is no possible way to avoid this new industry policy.
He goes on to explain how to (relatively easily) circumvent the copy protection on their discs.
I hate that CD protection .. they're punishing the people who actually buy their product. Luckily people are smart and theres probably not much they can do to totally protect the music short of just not selling it. :)
...when there is no possible way to avoid this new industry policy.
Good to know who wears the pants in that relationship...
My response? I simply refuse to purchase copy-protected audio CDs.
Oh, and the DMB link is here: http://www.davematthewsband.com/news/news_popup_IPod.asp (which I found on their homepage).
Is Sony trying to stop us from learning how to get the CD copied?
i am never buying a sony cd ever again, nor a drm cd.
I for one have switched almost entirely to iTunes because of this. Feh on Sony.
Yes there is - Don't buy the crap. I know *I* don't!
My computer is now infected, and I have to reinstall the entire OS, all my apps and data. Why don't you look up a PC repair place and see how much they charge to do this for my CD. The cd costs HUNDREDS of dollars to fix this McCarthy-like music industry-infected (Root access making it invisible for anyone else to come in and trash my machine). Never again will I buy cd's. What's the point? They will just trash your computer until smart hackers find a way around it. When there's a class action lawsuit, I'll be a part of that and expect full payment for the damage done to my machine and the time I spent trying to "fix" it. I'm finding bands that are indies who aren't concerned about BIG BUCKS from monsterous record labels. Too bad you sold out.
I'm glad Steven and other muscians are taking a stand against this but I WILL NOT buy cd's that have these pointless "protections".
If people like Soney aren't careful they will start turning their loyal listeners into Pirates.