Sunday, January 01, 2006

Coldplay's new CD has rules: No MP3s, no DVD players, no car stereos

I'm back from a brief Holiday break from everything and am fully ready to blog about all the interesting stuff 2006 has to throw at us. And look what I'm just in time for - this is what we have to look forward to.

Coldplay's new CD comes with an insert that discloses all the rules enforced by the DRM they included on the disc. Of course, these rules are only visible after you've paid for the CD and brought it home, and as the disc's rules say, "Except for manufacturing problems, we do not accept product exchange, return or refund," so if you don't like the rules, that's tough.

What are the other rules? Here are some gems: "This CD can't be burnt onto a CD or hard disc, nor can it be converted to an MP3" and "This CD may not play in DVD players, car stereos, portable players, game players, all PCs and Macintosh PCs." Best of all, the insert explains that this is all "in order for you to enjoy a high quality music experience." Now, that's quality."

If I were Coldplay, I'd be pissed. Not only are their labels doing this - likely without their permission - but also, the less savvy consumers [RIAA, read: theives - That's what we all are aren't we?] are going to blame it all on the band.

[Via Boing Boing]

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  • There's a lot of terrible things on that list, but most shocking to me is that it may not "work with portable CD players"

    Its a discman. No chance of it being pirated by putting a CD into a discman. And people may not be able to use them. This goes beyond anything ethical or fair.

    By Blogger Christian, at 12:35 PM  

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