I wonder how long it will take….

for the RIAA or record companies to get it? First the Sony fiasco and now this, the new Coldplay cd will come chocked full of DRM (digital rights management) goodies. From the cd itself:

“The DRM restrictions prevent the CD from being played in “some” CD
players, CD-recordable or rewritable hard drives, DVD players, game
consoles such as a Playstation or Xbox, and prevents any attempt to
copy the CD or “rip” the tracks to MP3 format. The CD’s restrictions
also prevent it from being played or copied on Macintosh PCs.”

They also strongly discourage you from staring directly at the cd cover art, thinking about the cd, listening to it, or removing the plastic wrap it comes in. And record companies wonder why people download free music, let’s weigh the options: 1.) Buy the cd (pay $20), dig out my old cd player and completely change the way I listen to music. If I lose or break the cd, I lose it forever 2.) Download the cd for free on limewire or a million (I mean a MILLION) other sites or p2p programs, put it on my ipod or do whatever the heck I want with it, and if I lose it (which I won’t), I can download it again.

It’s not an issue of money, it’s a matter of control. If you give me MORE freedom with the music when I pay for it, MORE features (lyrics, access to exclusive tracks on the website, videos, photos, HIGHER SOUND QUALITY) and COMPLETE control, I’ll pay for it. Unfortunately, the RIAA and record companies are going the wrong way. The pirating will continue.

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