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Copy-protected CDs useless to iPod owners

Copy-protected albums from Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews Band and others continue to sell well despite complaints about their incompatibility with iPods.

“Aiming to curb piracy, labels like Sony BMG, which released both records, are rolling out copy-protected albums in the United States, which let users make three exact duplicates of a CD, and store files on a PC in Microsoft Corp.‘s Windows Media format,” reports Reuters. “But the copy-protection bars users from importing music onto iPods since Apple’s Fairplay software is incompatible with Windows.”

The news agency notes that about a third of the 252 customer reviews of the new Foo Fighter CD this week on Amazon complained about the protection. “This CD has a copy protection scheme that makes it totally useless to 30 million iPod owners,” wrote one reviewer. “How could a band be so stupid as to alienate such a huge percentage of their fans?”

Record executives are continuing talks with Apple to make the CDs compatible with iPods, and point out that they have released versions of the albums on Apple’s iTunes Music Store for iPod owners. “That appeased some iPod users, but others are still angry because they like to physically own a disc before importing it to iPods,” said Reuters.

American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu said that both Apple and the record companies would benefit if they reach an agreement on the copy protection. “Apple’s the leader in digital music. It doesn’t make sense to release too many copy-protected CDs if they’re incompatible with iPods. But Apple could also be at risk if these CDs keep selling well,” he said.

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I’ve had similar problems. To solve them I copy the offending CD using appropriate software and rip the copy using dbpoweramp, or iTunes if I’m feeling lazy.

I am disappointed that companies do this: sell a disc that looks like a CD but is not a proper CD.

Posted by PrettyGreenParrot on August 5, 2005 at 3:49 PM (CDT)

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“Oddly enough I never have issues ripping these CDs on my mac - but they don’t play in my VW factory cd player.  Is anyone testing these things?”

what year is your car?  the dmb cd plays fine on my factory VW stereo.

~sarah

Posted by eclipse7337 on August 6, 2005 at 10:48 AM (CDT)

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