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iPod clout influences copy-protected CDs

updated 09:45 am EDT, Mon July 12, 2004

iPod clout & protected CDs

The popularity of Apple's iPod has caused companies developing copy-protected CDs to . When the Velvet Revolver's new album hit No. 1 earlier this month, it marked the first time a copy-protected CD reached that mark. The CD featured copy-protected Windows Media tracks for listening on a computer or portable device, but that format isn't supported on the iPod. "If you look at the 500 or 600 customer service comments we've gotten, you see that 80 percent of them have to do with iPod compatibility," Peter Jacobs, CEO of SunnComm International, the company behind the copy protection, told CNET. "The rest are, 'Why can't I do what I want with my music.' And a lot of those are really iPod questions too."




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  1. ennerseed

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    funny

    When I first heard of the WMP only copy protection, I thought great another reason for someone to say they can't buy a mac... But I guess Apple really flipped that one, I am sure (sure hope) these companies are going to have too change thier strategy a bit.

  1. AsgardTex

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    That's why

    I didn't buy that CD for that very reason - the scary DRM on it. Considering that I only listen to my music from two sources (my Mac and my iPod) it would have been worthless for me to buy that CD. It is on the iTMS so I'm sure I'll get around to downloading at some point.

    Copy protected CDs suck.

  1. dwishbone

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    just buy it on itune

    just buy the CD off of iTunes. that's what i did. very good album by the way. s**** the CD and its WMA c***. i can play it on my iPod all i want :)

  1. umijin

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    It's not protected...

    Huh, that's funny. I bought the CD, and ripped it to MP3 format and am playing on my iPod right now. It's not protected at all from what I can tell. I can play it on MY iPod all I want too.

    Maybe I can't play the lame-O wmp format, but who cares?!?

    -umijin

  1. EdwinSneller

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Yup

    The iTunes Music Store is the best way to bypass CD copy protection. This album sounds great on my iPod.

  1. dthree

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    not protected?

    umijin, did you do this on a mac?

  1. HeatherEcsedi

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Protected ?

    I don't know about you guys but I still have to come across an actual copy protected CD. Not only could I read all 4 CD's with copy protection on my Mac but I could also rip them to mp3 or AIFF or even Jam image file. Even Dido's Life For Rent which clealry states 'Won't run on a Mac' could be read on both OS 9 and OS X. It even works better with OS X. Toast Audio Extractor works great under OS 9 in case you need it. I did not buy Dido's album because I feared it could not be read on my computer, someone eventually offered it to me so I gave it a shot. No problem whatsoever. Copy protection does t not seem to work the least with Macs if you ask me. As far as hurting the sales, probably...

  1. z10n

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Nice

    Looks like apple is using file format lock-in just as much as microsoft does. I'm not sure how much of a warm and fuzzy I feel about that.

    Regardless, I'm not sure if companies have figured this out yet, but CDs are obsolete. All my music can be bought online, lyrics downloaded, band information downloaded, CD cover printed out, even digitally placed on a device (the iPod) which can hold my entire "CD collection" at the same time. Not only that, but I can play it anywhere, including my car, my home stereo, over a random radio, on the beach, etc. There is no point in buying a CD any more, unless you consider CD line art to be "artist", which I never have.

    The music stores of the future will simply have ports where you can listen to a CD, stick your iPod in, and transfer an album right to your iPod, ringing up a sale. The file format of the songs contains all the information you might want to go along with it (lyrics, line art, jpegs of cover art, band information, band website, etc.) Take your iPod home, and plug it into your computer to upload the songs, including all the extra goodies. You own the music. Burn as many CDs as you want for your legacy CD players. But even CD players will go away as boomboxes begin to have built-in firewire ports so you can plug your iPod right in and go to town. Or even an iPod that lets you remove the hard drive to plug it into another device.

    Frankly, I couldn't give a c*** about CDs and all their stupid protections any more. I probably won't buy another CD again now that I have iTMS.

  1. dwishbone

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    plain and simple

    ive said it plenty of times...if it is on iTMS and i want it...i will buy it. if the artist/label doesnt care enough for me to let me get the music how i want, i dont care about them enough to give them any of my hard earned money. i will go to gnutella, fasttrack, or just find a friend who has it. in short. iTMS or you arn't getting my cash.

  1. umijin

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Yup, ripped it on a Mac

    Yes, I did rip it on a Mac w/iTunes. Maybe not all of the CDs they are releasing are copy protected, so the press release is a lot of steam about nothing.

    Concerning ITMS, what a waste of time!

    Sure, it would be nice to not ever buy another CD. But frankly, I don't want AAC format. I like the flexibility of ripping into whatever format I like. MP3s have the advantage of being shared easily with my Windows friends and being played on my small non-Apple music player (Rio). Yes, I own an iPod and use it most of the time. But I also use a weather resistant flash based player (RIO) for exercise. I don't need copy protected AAC nonsense.

    And these days, I get my money's worth with CDs because they are coming down in price and I only buy CDs with a majority of songs I actually want to hear. For one-hit wonders there are other ways to get them.

    -umijin

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