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March 27th, 2001 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Bring Back The Dongle!

From this article at Salon, comes talk of copy-protected music CDs.

Does the music industry have their collective brains entirely disengaged?

“The CD is the root of all of our problems with the Net,” says Jay Samit, senior vice president of new media at EMI, which is testing various copy-protection technologies. “If CDs were as hard to copy as DVDs or VHS tapes or even books, we would not be going through anything like what we’re going through now with Napster or Gnutella.”

Sorry, Jay, but you are a total fucknut. Someone needs to take the history lessons of the software industry, who flirted with copy protection for awhile before they realized what bad business it was, and shove it deeply into Mr. Samit’s ass. What these wankers want to do is make it so that an audio CD confuses a CD-ROM drive. The audio data will be written to the CD in away that conflicts with the CD-ROM data. When you put it in your computer, it gets confused, and balks. So now your computer won’t even play the audio on a CD you paid for. And, some older audio CD players won’t either.

And all this to stop people from making MP3s.

I’m sorry, am I losing my mind? Don’t these shitheads realize that once they copy protect the CD, they will actually make the CD ripped off more? Follow me for a second on this.

I still buy CDs, because I find the rips I make are better quality than the shit I get online. It’s also easier generally. It just depends on if the entire album warrants purchasing. Now, if I know the CD I want isn’t going to play in my CD-ROM drive, and that I have to buy a crippled CD, forget it. Because I can make an uncrippled CD for free, even if it’s more work. It’ll end up being more convenient than buying the brain-damaged copy protected CD. It seems the morons pushing this idea have neglected two critical lessons:

  1. All copy protection gets broken.
  2. You can still rip from an analog or digital feed from an audio CD player.

And you can bet your ass tracks ripped from a copy-protected CD will be that much more desirable, not because people want to steal it, but because the copy-protected version is that much less useful. It’s like people who install cracked software because every time they run a disk optimizer, the uncracked version you bought needs to be reinstalled.

I don’t want any company reducing the usefulness or convenience of how I enjoy my media. I don’t mind paying for it. I mind paying for it, and then getting fucked. If I want to put a track that I paid for on my MP3 player, I should be able to do it. If I want to time-shift a TV program on my TiVo, I should be able to do it. But all these media companies are so worried about getting cash out of people for every use, they are crippling the benefits of digital media.

It’s getting more and more insane every day.

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