CNET: ‘iPod undermines Microsoft on copy-locked CDs’

“When a copy-protected CD hit No. 1 on the U.S. music sales charts last month, it marked a breakthrough for the antipiracy technology in all but one sense: The music still wouldn’t play on Apple’s iPod,” John Borland writes for CNET News. “A copy-protected CD recently hit No. 1 on the U.S. charts–without iPod compatibility. Still, some say CDs will have to play nice with the iPod if antipiracy technology is to succeed. That means the door may be closing on Microsoft, and opening for Apple’s own FairPlay technology.”

“Now the two companies responsible for most copy-protected CDs are scrambling to create new versions of their technologies that are compatible with Apple’s popular digital music player. In the process, they’re both making substantial changes in the way CDs are digitally locked, changes that could ultimately be a setback to recent Microsoft strides into the music business,” Borland writes.

Full article here.


  1. Was it only incompatible with PC iTunes or Mac iTunes too ?

    I’ve never had a problem ripping ‘protected’ CDs on my Mac as long as I use a DVD reader.

  2. Chief Windows Apologist writes: –

    [I]Or, you know, Apple could just supply WMA compatibility, which it actually rips out of its iPods before shipping them to customers. Just a thought.

    Yes, they could – but what commercial benefit would they gain from it!

    I now know that Norm Petersen from Cheers was modelled on Paul: this kind of delusional thinking can only be the result of our favourite New Englander drinking 20 glasses of what Americans laughingly refer to as ‘beer’.

  3. best quote: “If the labels start hearing that the reason people aren’t buying an album is because it won’t work on the iPod, then you’ll see some reaction.”

  4. i had to buy a physical CD a couple weeks ago because ITMS did not have it online – and i wanted to have quality electronic files.

    Damn RIAA – burn in hell!

  5. Seeing as how I’ll NEVER buy a copy-protected CD, I guess I’ll have to wait for the boot-legged version. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  6. What? Microsoft in danger of being shut out by Apple’s proprietary standard? Just shows you that you eventually pay for your bad karma: what goes around does indeed come around. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  7. I only buy real CDs. I don’t need no steenkin’ DRM, even fairplay. And I’d prefer full quality from which to rip too. And the artwork/liner notes.

    Call me old fashioned if you will, but I don’t like that the useage rights can change on stuff you’ve ‘bought’. They could, in theory, change the DRM on the stuff you’ve bought to say you can’t use it on your iPod and you can only play it on one Mac/one PC.

    My library is 100% Fairplay and WMA free.

  8. well, microsoft isn’t entirely shut out because there is still itunes for windows. microsoft just has to concede that they’re losing the jukebox and portable player battle and cut its losses and make a deal with apple

  9. I still buy CD’s. Lots of them. The M4A and MP3 formats are good enough for portable players, but they sound like crap through any decent home stereo system. iPod is very cool for what it does (I’m never without mine) but high fidelity audio it ain’t.

  10. Apple needs to add a full-CD quality download option to iTMS–or at least their lossless format. They will never get true audiophiles as long as the format is 128 AAC.

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