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Warning to Metal Lovers

Created Mon 5 Jun 06 - 3:08 by Mithandir in category Misc

Hey all,

As some of you may know I love Metal (the music, not the material). In the rather diverse world of Metal my preference is bands in the quadrant of Blind Guardian, Sonata Arctica and Nightwish. Part of the latter group are two dutch bands: Epica and After Forever. These two bands both use the dutch firm "Transmission Records" as their label.

I hereby implore you NOT TO BUY ANY albums produced by the Transmission Records label. The reason? Copy protection.

See, I don't own a CD player. I got a PC with a good sound card and good speakers and I have a portable mp3 player. So the first thing I do when I legally buy a CD is rip the tracks to mp3's so I can actually listen to them. But now I have two CD's that ... well I can't listen to them. Oh sure, they put a bunch of 128kbps encoded wma's on the CD too, but my portable player can't understand those and while my PC does, they are of crap quality with a tonal range more usually associated with early 30's sound recordings. 1830's at that.

On top of that, the CD runs a 2.2 Mb autorun.exe file when you insert it into your PC. This starts up WMP to play the wma's.... right ...

Look, I'm a programmer. You don't need a 2.2 Mb .exe (and some additinoal DLL's, data files and configuration files) if all you're doing is starting a program. Heck, you don't need a .exe at all. So they're doing something else there and they're not telling what.

Oh, also there is NO indication on the box that a copy protection system is used in these. The only external indication is a small logo on the CD itself (which you all know they take out in the CD store to prevent theft so you only get to see that after buying the CD). This logo sits right underneath the official "Compact Disc digital audio" logo. I'm not a lawyer, but Reinder informs me that it is illegal for a CD with copy protection to bear that logo.


True-ChaosMithy 10:1 the CD is using a version of the sony Rootkit anti-copy software. If you look that up you might be able to find a workaround. But booting to linux and ripping it there should work perfectly.