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Apple disputes EMI’s iPod compatibility claims

Record label EMI said late Thursday that music from its upcoming copy-protected CDs will be compatible with iPods—a claim Apple quickly denied. EMI said the discs will use new digital rights management technology from Macrovision.

“Apple is nearly finished with the technical work necessary to enable consumers to transfer music from content-protected discs to their iPods,” the label said in a statement. “This is an important step for EMI and Apple, but even more so for music consumers who will soon be able to legitimately port music from protected discs they own to the iPod.”

However, Apple dismissed EMI’s claims in its own statement. “The information EMI provided regarding iTunes and iPod compatibility with Macrovision’s technology is not true and we have no idea why EMI made this statement,” Apple said.

EMI said consumers will be able to rip one copy-protected version of an album to their computer and transfer it to MP3 players like the iPod. The company said three copies of the disc can be burned to blank CDs, and each individual track can be burned to CD seven times.

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Comments

1

They just don’t get it.

All this “copy protection” junk does is inconvenience their paying customers who just want to put the music the bought on their iPod.  it does NOTHING to prevent piracy.

Idiots.  All of ‘em.

Posted by m.sherman on November 18, 2005 at 10:20 AM (CST)

2

Whatever a man does another man can undo. It’s always benn this way. I just don’t get it why they don’t give up on this antipiracy thing. Piracy will always exist because people just like “sticking it to the man”

Posted by Just me on November 18, 2005 at 10:28 AM (CST)

3

Seems EMI wants to have their cake and eat it, too. Or else they’re just dying to join Sony/BMG in the race for who can garner the worst PR while flagrantly screwing their paying customers.

That’s it. Drive more people to P2P. There you go. Nice. I’m sure your pretty little CDs will look lovely gathering dust in the bins. Happy now?

Posted by Hrothgar on November 18, 2005 at 10:32 AM (CST)

4

And you can only burn songs when it’s a full moon in August when Jupiter is in retrograde.

Posted by Todd on November 18, 2005 at 11:00 AM (CST)

5

I just kinda sit back and laugh about all of this, because I’m on an iBook, and Apple computers don’t support all that WMA DRM garbage, so the copy-protected CDs work just fine.

Plus, they’re nicer computers. Albeit pricier.

Posted by Ben on November 18, 2005 at 11:37 AM (CST)

6

Hmmmm, lets think about this, what sounds like a better idea, downloading music off P2P which gives you no restrictions on the amount of times in can be copied, or to where it can be copied to, or a copy protected CD you have to pay upwards of $20 for, which has all kinds of DRM and crap on it, and only allows you to make 3 copies.  Which would you choose?  These record companies are killing themselves, and what they’re doing just shoves people to use P2P networks.  I don’t think they’ll ever learn…

Posted by matrixsjd on November 18, 2005 at 1:01 PM (CST)

7

These CD-protection only adds to the cost of the CD.  Those who really want to make copies of the Cd will find a way.  So it will not deter true pirates.  Us, the one who pays the music companies, on the other hand, will have to suffer through all this DRM nonsense, so we pay them to make our lives harder, isn’t it true and tested pescription for people to switch to the dark side?

Deter small pirates?  But small pirates doesn’t account for much (I don’t believe those bloated numbers from analysts).  If they could not get a copy from a friend, I doubt most of them will buy the CD themselves, so no monetary is not as much as stated by those analyst who get paid for inflating numbers (to get attention)...

Posted by WilliamC on November 18, 2005 at 3:07 PM (CST)

8

It still boggles my mind that people would even pay for downloaded music when you can get identical songs and albums for free. If there’s an album I really want I’ll buy it so I can have the real artwork and case.

Posted by wang on November 18, 2005 at 3:10 PM (CST)

9

Crazy must be contagious as of late.

Posted by Poprox on November 18, 2005 at 4:26 PM (CST)

10

I’m still not sure what all the fuss is about with copy protected CDs. I’ve never had a problem getting through the protection on my PC by simply using iTunes. Nothing else.

Posted by Jesse on November 18, 2005 at 8:46 PM (CST)

11

“I’m still not sure what all the fuss is about with copy protected CDs.”

There are a couple of issues.

One is that if most people weren’t more competent drivers than they are computer users, the roads would be constantly sticky from all the blood. They blithely install the malware driver from their auto-running CDs and, afterwards, without more computer skill than they possess they’re stuck with no ability to read that CD with anything other than the installed driver.

Two is that some of these CDs use slightly fudged specs. Some drives read them just fine without the proprietary players they want to install, but others don’t.

Now, in so far as I know, if you have good ripping software and aren’t stupid enough to install any of these fake drivers there isn’t a CD that can’t be ripped, but if the labels aren’t stopped that won’t last forever.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on November 20, 2005 at 12:26 PM (CST)

12

Ugh, fake CDs.

Posted by Zac on November 20, 2005 at 6:28 PM (CST)

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