Capitol Records Cripples Coldplay CD with DRM

Coldplay’s latest CD, X&Y, has been hobbled by so much DRM that a lawyer would practically have to lick the monolith at the end of 2001 to be able to figure out how someone could legally play it. This time, though, it’s Capitol Records, as Sony BMG are still on Spyware Settlement Siesta.

Dear RIAA – here’s an interesting question for you. When you tell your customers (by definition, the only people who are actually guaranteed to have paid for the album they are listening to) that they didn’t actually purchase anything for their twenty bucks, what is stopping them from loading up DC++ next time and just downloading a pristine DRM-less copy of your next shitty release?

Try not to sneeze brains here. Actually think it through. In one scenario, your customer is out twenty dollars and forbidden to even play his legally purchased music on his Mac, let alone make a legally-protected backup copy. In the other, he can listen to the music any damn he wants without paying a dime. Why wouldn’t a criminalized customer base do the obvious things and become the criminals you want them to be? At least the criminals can listen to the purloined album on a fucking iPod.

Here’s what you aren’t allowed to do if you legally purchase the next Coldplay CD:

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.

Don’t buy the new Coldplay album.


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  1. Smoking Pope says:

    RIAA: “We can’t be bothered with that right now. We’re busy. Must… stuff… genie… back… into… bottle…”

  2. airship says:

    So what CAN you do with them? Make coasters? Or is that prohibited, too?

  3. non-meat-stick says:

    Why would anyone buy the new Coldplay album?

  4. HINKShopper says:

    Why do I smell some sort of ineffective government labelling program brewing?

    Personally I feel sorry for the artists whose work is put through this by the corporations; I know I’ve refused to buy an album on-line from Sony that was listed as a CD-Protected format.

    I don’t pirate music, but I do load it into an iPod for a number of reasons — one of which is the preserve the original copy should anything ever happen to the digital library.

  5. CMPalmer says:

    I have bought 1 or 2 CD’s in the last year, from the bargain bins.

    I know I might not be “geek enough”, but I like iTunes. I buy my songs at $0.99, listen to them on three different computers and one of my family’s four (ack) iPods. Plus, I regularly burn my purchases to CD, then re-rip to MP3 for a DRM-free backup (at only a slight loss of quality, if any that is detectible).

    So, even though I am supported DRM’ed music through iTunes, I think the “burn then re-rip” is a wink-wink-nudge-nudge way of saying, “listen to it on whatever you want to”. I will never buy a DRM’ed CD (assuming I ever buy any more CDs).

    I don’t fileshare or prowl around for free downloads. I have shared tracks with friends, but two of my favorite groups I found after someone gave me a copy of a few of their songs and I subsequently bought all of their albums (either on plastic or via iTunes).