Coldplay leave Mac users out in the cold

by Andy Polaine on January 3, 2006

in General

Arif over at Itch.in just posted the details of the DRM from Coldplay’s new album. Basically it looks like it won’t play in the following:

  • MP3 players (you supposedly can’t rip it)
  • Some Windows PCs (and it writes a registration file when it first runs)
  • Mac computers
  • CD players that have CD-R/RW capabilities
  • Some portable CD Players
  • Some DVD Players
  • Some car stereos
  • Some games consoles

You don’t see these rules until after you have bought it and opened the CD and the last rule is that they won’t accept refunds or returns except for manufacturing errors. Nice.

What’s left? I don’t use a regular ‘vanilla’ CD-Player anymore and I certainly want to play it in my car and most probably on my iPod. So, you know, I quite like Coldplay and was thinking of buying their album, but now I definitely won’t because I can’t do what I want with what I’ve bought. Of course, the absurd thing is that once a single DRM-stripped version hits the BitTorrent network (as I am sure it already has) the whole DRM system is worthless. This has all been done in the name of “Anti-Piracy” (piracy is such a misnomer when it comes to digital content anyway) so that we can “enjoy this high quality music”. Except now I won’t be enjoying any Coldplay, thanks. Well, not any that I actually paid for.

Boing Boing have the story too and there’s a link to an offer Skype have going on to leave Coldplay a message. I suggest as many people as possible let them know how much money they’ll miss out on in rights thanks to flat sales.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Andrew January 3, 2006 at 7:49 pm

Check this on Ars Technica and some dude has found around the copy protection. (http ://itch.in/journal/bad-bad-coldplay/)

2 Andy Polaine January 3, 2006 at 9:03 pm

Yeah, the itch.in site is where I found the info (after Boing Boing). DRM is pointless really…

3 kazumichi January 8, 2006 at 9:19 am

i find all this copy protection business pathetic.

you see it all covers one aspect of copy protection, and that’s digital copy protection. record companies assume we have all become lazy and stupid and would never hook up a ‘vanilla’ audio cd player to the audio input of a computer and hit record.

i for one still believe in the use of good quality analogue i/o over cheap digital copies anyday, yes i still use cassettes in my car, i still use my DAT machine and i still have vinyl. but don’t call me old school.

cds will be gone in 5 years anyway.

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