Cold-NO-play

Coldplay DRM

Once you’ve handed over your money for a Coldplay CD, the above is what you’re presented with. After you’ve given them your money, mind.

Here’s what you get:

“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.
(Source: Boing Boing)

Hey, thanks, Chris Martin! I really appreciate you dictating how I can listen to your grand tunes about alienation and the importance of fighting against trade injustices and global inequality.

But justice begins at home, with your own CDs and their draconian DRM. If you do insist on issuing your music on discs so hobbled that they break all the trade descriptions of what a CD is, stick a big warning on the front. Something like:

WARNING: THIS IS NOT A CD! IT DOES NOT COMPLY TO CD STANDARDS! IT WILL ALSO INSTALL SPYWARE ON YOUR COMPUTER WHICH WILL TRACK WHAT YOU LISTEN TO!

At least give us the choice.

Record labels, eh? Are they deliberately trying to lose sales and make everyone on the planet hate them? How long before they start slipping razor blades into our shoes?

UPDATE!

This news just in from our roving reporter:

From: Matthew Swan
To: Jyoti Mishra
Date: 02-Jan-2006 10:52
Subject: c-old hat-play

i bought that coldplay cd a while ago and when you try to rip it using a pc it BLUESCREENS your computer.

not only does it not conform to cd standards, but it risks you personal data by inappropriately cutting short your windows session. not to mention the damage this could cause to your hard disk! guess it serves us right for trying to copy our legitimately owned, licensed music to out itunes/ipod, so we can actually (shudder the thought) listen to it.

actually, it just serves me right for spending £8 on a load of shite.

if kraftwerk were dead coldplay would be pissing on their graves.

Well point, good made!