The Dave Matthews Band website is providing directions for dealing with the band’s latest Microsoft WMA DRM-laden non-Red Book-compliant music “CD” and encouraging them to appeal to Apple to collaborate with others on an easier way to move music to the iPod:
INFORMATION REGARDING DOWNLOADING STAND UP SONGS TO IPODS
Please follow the instructions below in order to move your content into iTunes and onto an iPod:
If you have a Mac computer you can copy the songs using your iTunes Player as you would normally do.
If you have a [Windows] PC place the CD into your computer and allow the CD to automatically start. If the CD does not automatically start, open your Windows Explorer, locate the drive letter for your CD drive and double-click on the LaunchCD.exe file located on your CD.
Once the application has been launched and the End User License Agreement has been accepted, you can click the Copy Songs button on the top menu.
Follow the instructions to copy the secure Windows Media Files (WMA) to your PC. Make a note of where you are copying the songs to, you will need to get to these secure Windows Media Files in the next steps.
Once the WMA files are on your PC you can open and listen to the songs with Windows Media Player 9.0 or higher. You may also play them in any compatible player that can play secure Windows Media files, such as MusicMatch, RealPlayer, and Winamp, but it will require that you obtain a license to do so. To obtain this license, from the Welcome Screen of the user interface, click on the link below the album art that says. If your music does not play in your preferred player, click here. Follow the instructions to download the alternate license.
Using Windows Media Player only, you can then burn the songs to a CD. Please note that in order to burn the files, you need to upgrade to or already have Windows Media Player 9 or greater.
Once the CD has been burned, place the copied CD back into your computer and open iTunes. iTunes can now rip the songs as you would a normal CD.
Please note an easier and more acceptable solution requires cooperation from Apple, who we have already reached out to in hopes of addressing this issue. To help speed this effort, we ask that you use the following link to contact Apple and ask them to provide a solution that would easily allow you to move content from protected CDs into iTunes or onto your iPod rather than having to go through the additional steps above. http://www.apple.com/feedback/ipod.html
Sony BMG and the Dave Mattthews Band, in this case, changed the game and created the problem, not Apple.
Please note that the easiest and most acceptable solution requires the Dave Matthews Band to contact their record label, RCA Records, a unit of Sony BMG, and ask them to provide Red-Book compliant audio CDs, instead of Microsoft WMA DRM-laden coasters for their Microsoft Windows-using fans. Otherwise, why not just change the band’s initials from “DMB” to “DRM” and be done with it?
Dave Matthews Band:
Sony BMG: 212-833-8000
The Dave Matthews Band latest album is available via Apple’s iTunes Music Store in a form that’s ready for use in any Apple iPod: Dave Matthews Band “Stand Up” via iTunes Music Store.
New copy-protected CDs are Apple iPod incompatible – August 04, 2005
Sony BMG and EMI try to force Apple to ‘open’ iPod with iPod-incompatible CDs – June 20, 2005here.