CD Warning!

Carrefour is now selling crippled (so-called copy-protected) music CDs. Don’t get ripped off. They work only on Windows based computers and you must install an included Windows program in order to play the CD. If you’re running Linux, BeOS, OS/2 or anything else, you’re screwed. :x

Screw the record companies. Until they come out of the dark ages, use Kazaa.

WTF? Does this mean you can’t play them on a regular hi-fi? What a rip-off! :imp:

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WTF? Does this mean you can’t play them on a regular hi-fi? What a rip-off! :imp:[/quote]

Sorry. :blush: Maybe they do. I haven’t tried. My sound system is computer based. But the sound quality is NOT up to par. And the cd I bought is a “Waterboys” greatest hits compilation. :cry:

Well, what do you expect from the Waterboys? Just kidding, I think they’re a great band.

When you talk about the sound quality, do you mean that its the “crippling” effect that has adversely affected the sound? That would truly suck, as I’m sure this technology will be embraced by the industry.

If you have install something to play it then this is new one, and it won’t play on a hi-fi, or do you need to install something so it will work on computers and hi-fi’s don’t need it ? Have to ask blueface.
Philips won’t let them call copy-protected CD’s ‘Audio CD’ because it didn’t follow the CD standard

I experienced the reverse with Alanis Morissette’s last album. It played on the Hi Fi, but not the PC. However I found I could play it ont the PC by opening up the CD folders and clicking on the songs. Weird. :x

“Fisherman’s Blues” my man!

Yes. The quality of my CD most definitely sucks and this has been reported in both the computer and music press.

audio-ideas.com/articles/cal … s-sue.html

theregister.co.uk/content/archive/22074.html

wired.com/news/mp3/0,1285,50810,00.html

Seriously. The companies and artists make so much money already, not to mention the benefits they get from being famous, connected, etc. What more do they want??

More. More. More.

Waterboys!

I’m going to downoad ‘Whole of the Moon’ right away. That was a fantastic old 80s song. I remember rediscovering that in my stint as an 80s DJ (in the late 90s), but i’d forgotten about it again.

Yeah, there’s a lot of copy protected CDs now. The protection is supposed to mean you can make only one copy (onto MD for example). But it also has the side-effect of often not being able to be played on a computer, some car systems or shitty old CD players. Terrible if you ask me.

Some people say that the record companies are doing this to combat piracy so you should’t download, but I say they’ve gone to far. It’s war. Pirate away. (But be sure to support the bands you really like, by buying their music).

Ooh, 7 minutes til my Waterboys single comes in.

BTW who wrote that song “It’s not enough/I’m not in Love”, I thought it was Roxy Music, but couldn’t find it just now (ogt some other good tracks though). Maybe it’s called something else?

brian

[quote]BTW who wrote that song “It’s not enough/I’m not in Love”[/quote]10CC ?

[quote=“Sir Donald Bradman”]Waterboys!

I’m going to downoad ‘Whole of the Moon’ right away. That was a fantastic old 80s song. I remember rediscovering that in my stint as an 80s DJ (in the late 90s), but I’d forgotten about it again.

Yeah, there’s a lot of copy protected CDs now. The protection is supposed to mean you can make only one copy (onto MD for example). But it also has the side-effect of often not being able to be played on a computer, some car systems or shitty old CD players. Terrible if you ask me.

Some people say that the record companies are doing this to combat piracy so you should’t download, but I say they’ve gone to far. It’s war. Pirate away. (But be sure to support the bands you really like, by buying their music).

Ooh, 7 minutes til my Waterboys single comes in.

BTW who wrote that song “It’s not enough/I’m not in Love”, I thought it was Roxy Music, but couldn’t find it just now (ogt some other good tracks though). Maybe it’s called something else?

brian[/quote]

I have the CD; anyone want a copy burnt?

Hey someone go grab MT and have him stop downloading porn from Kazaa to bust they copyright infringers.

No good pirates!

Bad liberal!

Now excuse me while I find episode 707 of south park on kazaalite

XXOO,
Okami

Got the waterboys’ ‘Whole of the Moon’ - “i talked abotu wings, and you just flew”. Also some Tears for Fears ‘Sowing the Seeds of Love’ - “it’s a love train, from coast to coast, DJ’s the man you love the most”.

Going on an 80s binge (not the classic 80s - did that a while back). Right now downloading Deacon Blue’s ‘Real Gone Kid’ and ‘Is the Day’ by The The. Oh goodie!

Still can’t find that “it’s not enough/ I’m not in love” song. Did I get the lyrics wrong? I’m about 90% sure it’s Roxy Music, but what’s the name?

Brian

“I’m not in Love” - 10cc

“Is your Love Strong Enough” - Brian Ferry and Roxy Music

This is some schitt. I bought a Betty Su CD, thinking that I could burn a copy for a friend and when I loaded it, it instantly loaded its own CD player and wouldn’t open in my Windows Media nor my Real player. The sound sucks and there’s no hypnotic visualizations. Does the permanent marker trick work on these things or is this a new generation of copy-proofing?

There are a few, one of them is called “cactus shield”. In Germany, such discs are now called “Un-CDs” (“Non-CDs” or “Im-CDs”). IIRC, such discs have been on the market for more than a year (two?) now. The funny thing is that even Philips is worried about this, because the “CD” we talk about is short for “Compact Disc” - which is an industry standard. All those “protected” discs violate the standard, so Philips demands not to use the “CD” logo and to state clearly that they are not audio compact discs.
Of course, the labels don’t want to do that, because nobody would buy a disc that is “not a CD”. Instead they state in very small print that “this disc might not play on all devices, especially computers”.
Though, if they forgot to state even that: Return the disc and demand your money back. That’s the only way to tell the music industry that you are not interested in such crap.
Another funny side note is that while the “protection” was implemented to prevent playing on computer drives, it seems that quite a number of slightly higher quality drives (Mercedes Benz car audio…) have also trouble handling them.
You can have a look at a german database about such discs here:
heise.de/ct/cd-register/
The first button lets you query the database, the second is for adding a new record, teh third leads to discussion forums…