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#1 Posted on 25.9.05 0026.54
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Anyone who's bought the self-titled album by the Dead 60s probably saw it's copy-protected. Most of the other CD's that I've bought that were protected used Sunncomm's scheme, which is acceptable by me, as it doesn't really do anything. Sony's is a touch more aggressive, as iTunes won't recognize it.

So I looked it up, found the feedback link, and got their suggestion. How does Sony say to rip this CD in iTunes?

Rip it in protected WMA, copy, then rip the copy.

Anyone else know of a better way? I just made an image using Alcohol 120% and I'm hoping it works. Regardless, I'm not buying any more CD's that use this scheme and fired off an email to Apple (as the email blames Apple for the non-compliance) stating that they should do whatever they can without Sony's help.

(Oh, and it seems iTunes won't recognize the virtual drive.)
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#2 Posted on 25.9.05 2134.30
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    Originally posted by drjayphd
    Anyone else know of a better way?


Buy a Mac. Seriously, I bought a CD with MediaMax protection on it a few months ago, popped it into my Mac at work, and it worked just fine. But on my PC at home, it wanted to install its media player, and trying to play it in iTunes gave me choppy feedback.

A quick bit of Googling, and I found this analysis* (cs.princeton.edu) of the Mediamax copy protection scheme, and how to correct it.

That said, MY way of correcting it was writing the record label directly to complain, letting them know I had bought a *CD*, not a piece of *software*. They happily sent me a DRM-free version of the same CD at no cost, so if all else fails, you might want to give that a shot.


*Zims, if that link is questionable, feel free to yank it.
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