I recently bought a CD, Hallucinations, by David Usher
, a minor Canadian
star receiving heavy promotion from his label, EMI
. It comes with a label that states:
Copy Controlled -
Playback problems may be encountered on some equipment
It has become normal for me to rip a new cd and play it on my iPod
or my mp3
player, never listening to the CD. I tried putting the CD in my Win2k
computer at work; the program tried to install some random software of unknown stability that would create deliberate restrictions on what I can do with my computer. No thanks.
I had also heard about this marker trick; it's a bit too permanent for my tastes.
I slipped the noncompliant CD into the DVD
drive on my Linux
computer and typed the following command:
Now I had a complete set of perfect wav
files; I burned these to a blank CD and put that CD in my Macintosh PowerBook
and ripped that CD to my hard drive. Now I can play this album on my iPod
. No marker necessary.