So I picked up the latest Foo Fighters release In Your Honor yesterday at the local Tower. I opened the cd and then looked at the front to realize that this cd has copy protection to prevent unauthorized duplication. Basically it requires you use Windows Media Player to transfer files to your portable player. Only problem is that the ipod, the player with upwards of 75% of the portable market, is not supported by Windows Media. As a matter of fact, if you are a mac user, there is no Windows Media player that supports DRM.
Turns out that you can use this cd on your Macintosh no problem. If you’re a Windows user, not so easy – you have to copy the cd to Windows Media Player, burn an audio cd, then import that audio cd to itunes. Nice.
The reason I even mention all of this is so that I can ask this question: who is RCA to tell me how I can listen to my music? I did not steal this cd – I paid my $12.99 for it but yet I’m being treated as a thief. So there are ways around the copy protection, I shouldn’t have any obstacles in order to listen.
I did get an email from the creator of the copy protection, Sunncomm, that gave me directions on how to install the music to itunes, and then asked me to ask Apple to support their efforts. Question – who’s the fly on who’s ass here? Shouldn’t Sunncomm have to adjust for 75% of the portable market, not the other way around.
The music industry is so out of touch with reality. For every obstacle, there are a dozen ways around it. Instead of putting up barriers, why not work with consumers and make things easier for them in a way that allows them to profit? Nah – that’s a language they don’t understand. My suggestion, don’t buy this cd – that they understand. If you must have it, get it off of limewire. Maybe then they’ll understand.