Copy Protected CD - Keep it or dump it ?

Monday 9th January, 2006
Last week I ordered around £150 of music CDs online to provide me with full lossless copies of albums I'd borrowed, downloaded or otherwise acquired over the course of last year.

Although it seems strange to only open the CD box once and put it straight into storage, it's nice to be legal and good to have the original quality on my audio systems.

One title posed a problem. The album 'Eye To The Telescope' by KT Tunstall arrived on an EMI label with 'copy protection'. The sales page on play.com never mentioned this protection and the disc doesn't even carry the 'compact disc digital audio' logo.

So, I could rip it into my Sonos system in the usual way; quite annoying when you own 9000 legally purchased tracks and the copy protection stops you listening to your latest purchase.

I made an immediate decision to 1) crack the protection and 2) return the disc to the vendor in protest.

It didn't take much effort and I ripped the disc quite successfully to my music collection using a tool I downloaded. My decision now is whether to keep the disc or return it in protest to the hassle.

So, what do you think...keep it or return it?

  1. 1) Chris Linfoot Said: (09/01/2006 13:28:48 GMT) Gravatar Image
    Copy Protected CD - Keep it or dump it ?

    Repeat after vowe - DRM is bad for the customer

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    Dump it.

  2. 2) Richard Schwartz Said: (09/01/2006 15:33:36 GMT) Gravatar Image
    Copy Protected CD - Keep it or dump it ?

    Return it. And make a small donation to a cause you feel the artist would support but the label wouldn't.

  3. 3) Shep Said: (09/01/2006 19:40:34 GMT) Gravatar Image
    Copy Protected CD - Keep it or dump it ?

    Neither. Send the original to me, to replace the copy I left in a hire car in Paris the week before Christmas.

    I keep on forgetting to order it.

  4. 4) Andy Dennis Said: (09/01/2006 20:14:12 GMT) Gravatar Image
    Copy Protected CD - Keep it or dump it ?

    Return, buy it off iTunes, burn a CD Copy, and relish in the fact you have got around DRM..

    Its proably also cheaper..

    But my personal recommendation would be to bin it and buy Korn's latest album instead as it ROCKS!

  5. 5) Ben Rose Said: (09/01/2006 20:16:10 GMT) Gravatar Image
    Copy Protected CD - Keep it or dump it ?

    Andy,

    Get with the program mate...I bought these CDs to replace some of the crap quality tracks I bought on iTunes.

    iTunes is NOT CD quality...it's crap low grade AAC. I use only real source music.

  6. 6) Andy Dennis Said: (10/01/2006 19:55:51 GMT) Gravatar Image
    Copy Protected CD - Keep it or dump it ?

    Dude.. You've been ~Bunce'd! :-)

    Anyway, your comment about iTunes depends on the enviroment and hardware you are using. I tend to purchase Protected AAC files to DJ with, as its a lot cheaper than a 12inch single. The mac dj software I use keeps a constant volume (normalize!) when the track is being output. If I mix an mp3 encoded at 320kbps vs an AAC on a club sound system there really isn't that much difference..

    But I'm not an audiophile like you, I don't own any Bose, so for my purposes its great..

    The biggest issue I find with iTunes is the levels the CD's have been encoded at. Some can be very very quiet, others are almost too loud, but hey thats down to the sound enginneers and the source audio mastering..

    So if AAC is crap what are you encoding your cd's with to play on that fancy sonos of yours!

    Andy

  7. 7) Ben Rose Said: (10/01/2006 20:01:33 GMT) Gravatar Image
    Copy Protected CD - Keep it or dump it ?

    Bunced???

    All my material is now encoded in lossless codec. I use Apple Lossless but FLAC is just as good.

    My main issue with lossy codecs, it seems to clip the top of the sound on 'complex' tracks. Something like Mariah Carey's hero sounds very poor on mp3 compared to the original source, it just can't handles the heavy vocals. Same goes for heavy classics and rocks.

    Drum & bass seems to survive it quite well for some reason though.

  8. 8) Colman Said: (11/01/2006 10:53:30 GMT) Gravatar Image
    Copy Protected CD - Keep it or dump it ?

    You could just stop listening to Mariah Carey. In fact, I would heartily recommend it for many, many reasons ;)

    BTW, my vote goes for keeping it. I don't see any problem with copying for your own uses, so you're keeping to the spirit of the thing.

  9. 9) Richard Spandit Said: (01/04/2006 00:22:18 GMT) Gravatar Image
    Copy Protected CD - Keep it or dump it ?

    I tried ripping this CD with EAC (exact audio copy) but the result was awful - you could kind of make out the track but it was very fragmented - like a skipping CD. What tool did you use? To be honest, I only really like track 1...

  10. 10) Stevie Said: (04/07/2006 17:49:23 GMT) Gravatar Image
    Copy Protected CD - Keep it or dump it ?

    Dump it.

    Having to jump thru hoops to listen to music you legally purchased only encourages ripping off music in the future.

    I hope word gets back to KT so she can get "her people" to stop the madness.

  11. 11) John Doe Said: (05/07/2006 06:43:51 GMT) Gravatar Image
    Copy Protected CD - Keep it or dump it ?

    i was going to buy this cd from bestbuy.com as the price is pretty good @ $9.99 ... but since you guys say it has copy protection... that idea just went out the window :( ... looks like ill have to stick with my quality MP3's i got from the internet *cough*torrent*cough* ... lol

    RIAA can go screw themselfs!... get rid of the CD!

  12. 12) Sean Said: (28/07/2006 20:25:17 GMT) Gravatar Image
    Copy Protected CD - Keep it or dump it ?

    I just bought this cd today and popped it into my laptop to rip on iTunes. I hadn't noticed the very tiny protection notice hidden in the spine of the cd case. CDs like this make me wish I had saved my money and just downloaded it. These idiots really aren't helping their cause by adding this type of protection to CDs. It only encourages illegal downloads. What utility did you use to rip it?

  13. 13) J Said: (28/07/2006 22:47:37 GMT) Gravatar Image
    Copy Protected CD - Keep it or dump it ?

    Here's a question tho- What is it about one computer that allows me to import it into iTunes normally, and another computer not? I ran into the copy protection issue that you all describe, and took it back to my workstation to bypass the DRM, but low and behold, it imported into my library without issue. Anyone know what setting or process is allowing my machine to bypass the protection?

  14. 14) Sean Said: (29/07/2006 00:46:07 GMT) Gravatar Image
    Copy Protected CD - Keep it or dump it ?

    Really? It worked normally in iTunes? Did the CD actually show up or did you drag the tracks in?

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