From Hero to Zero | March 30, 2004
My girlfriend bought me a copy of Zero7’s new CD for my birthday the other week. Putting the CD on at work, I was surprised to find that it started skipping all over the place. A little dismayed I had a quick look at the case and discovered the answer. It wasn’t actually a CD, by which I mean that it was copy protected.
From what I understand (stop me if I’m wrong) copy protection basically involves deliberately adding errors to a disk. Most low end CD players simply don’t register these errors, but better quality CD players and those meant for reading data get confused and either skip, or don’t play at all.
Testing the disk at home, it worked fine in my cheap CD player, but was an absolute no go on my iMac. In fact it basically jammed the whole CD player up and forced me to manually eject the thing while it was still spinning.
As I pretty much only listen to music using iTunes at home these days, and have stopped using a discman in favour of an iPod, not being able to transfer my music onto my computer is a big problem. If I’d bought it for myself, I would have probably taken it back to the shop and asked for a proper CD, but as it was a present, it’s not something I can really do. It looks like more and more disks in the UK are being released with copy protection, so it’s well worth baring this in mind next time your shopping for music.
Posted at March 30, 2004 9:36 AM