CD Copy Control

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It was inevitable that the growing piracy of music would lead to some form of copyright protection on music CDs.

Norah Jones’ CD “Come Away With Me” was the first CD I have encountered with such copy control.

This annoys me because what I generally do when I purchase a CD is:

  • Convert to high quality mp3 (usually 192 or 320kbit).
  • Put the CD away so that it is maintained in immaculate condition.

Once I have the CD in mp3 I then listen to it using Winamp and my surround sound speaker system; or if I’m going somewhere I’ll put the mp3s on my Sony NetMD player so I can listen to them on the way.

Copy Control on CDs prevents both of these things in theory and causes nothing but inconvenience to those using music legitimately.

I don’t know how much money the music industry spent developing this copy control, but it didn’t take me long to circumvent it.

I won’t go into any details for legal reasons, but I’m pleased to say that I have Norah Jones’ CD playing in Winamp and on the tracks have bene transferred to my NetMD player with the original CD stored safely away in my CD rack.

How has CD “Copy Control” affected you? Post your comments!