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Universal plans copy protection for all CDs

Written by roxeteer on September 27, 2001 to .

Vivendi Universal’s Universal Music Group plans to start issuing CDs in October with software that prevents music from being digitally copied into computer files, Reuters reports. In practice, this means that their CDs won’t be playable in CD-ROM drives making it impossible to encode their contents into MP3 or similar files.

  Other record companies are still testing different copy protection technologies. BMG plans to start using anti-piracy software on promotional CDs in the United States, but at the moment not on CDs for sale to the public. EMI’s representatives were not available for a comment.

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This is ridiculous! Who the hell are they to tell me where shall I play the CD I paid for? If I wanna play them on my CD player - why can’t I? A CD costs RELATIVELY A LOT of money compared to the production costs. So if Vivindi’s gonna do that, what if I have a portable mp3 player device? Shall I throw it away? Or what if I only have a CD-ROM but no desktop CD player? I can’t listen to the product I bought? This is sooo absurd. Just like Vivendi itself. They torture me all the time. They are my telephone company and ISP (unfortunately I can’t yet change them) and they’ve got nothing to do with telecommunications, it’s a shame what they’re doing. Now it seems that their music industry part isn’t better at all...

I’ve got a digital player, so I guess I’m not gonna buy any of their CDs. That’s it.

That’d ruin the quality! On the CD there’s digital sound. Re-recording it by an analogue method would cause an AWFUL LOT of quality loss.

128 kbps?! That’s awful quality!

This is not good news.
Don’t worry! Hackers crack anything!!! -))))

Like DVD, for instance. It happened by accident -)))

On my CD player I did that before where I recorded a song onto wav file from a video tape. Actually it sounded pretty good, and it was only 90 kps!! The reason why I couldn’t do it any higher is because when I tried to encode it to a MP3 (the wav file is 128 or higher I believe) the program wouldn’t work, it would only encode that song at 90, but it’s really good quality, better than if someone recorded the event there, live.

NYWS, yes you can always get around the issue with a mic, and BTW 128 IS NOT bad quality. As I was saying my MP3 wav converter IS REALLY GOOD. Many of the songs are TOO BIG, and my converter makes them into 128 kps. The sound quality SOUND EXACTLY THE SAME on a CD and when you listen to it on Window’s Media player..

Scotty J


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