July 07, 2004

It's Not a Feature, It's a Bug

One of the problems with Enhanced CDs seems to be that when you put one into a computer it insists on going through all the advanced folderol instead of just playing the damn music. The review of the new Bad Plus CD will be delayed (possibly forever).

Posted by Matt Weiner at July 7, 2004 04:23 PM

That's why Mac's are nice. Most of the copy protection schemes are ignored and you can just play the music.

Posted by: Clark Goble at July 7, 2004 11:14 PM

Do you think it's a copy protection scheme? I suppose it might be but I thought it was a sincere CD enhancer. Anyway, a copy protection scheme that prevents you from actually listening to the CD needs some work.

Posted by: matt at July 7, 2004 11:25 PM

Ah, copy protection (I'm talking about real copy protection and not enhanced CDs). So the other day my girlfriend put the new Norah Jones CD in her computer...nothing happened, she then tried to open the CD drive...nothing happened. Apparently something happened to the drive as a result of (I'm guessing) the copy protection. I had to manually (with a paperclip) open the drive and remove the disc. When this was done, other CDs played just fine. So, beware of the computer killing CDs (or perhaps it was just Norah Jones).

Posted by: Mark at July 8, 2004 02:21 AM

Well, this only applies on my Dad's computer. At home I have solved the problem by the simple expedient of having a computer whose CD drive doesn't work at all (and by having my stereo in the same room). And my office computer doesn't play CDs in real time, which may have been a preemptive strike by my neighbors.

Posted by: Matt at July 8, 2004 08:00 AM

A lot of the enhanced cds are really just subtle copy protection. Often they have their own "player" you have to install to listen to the CD. The whole movement sucks, in my opinion. Never have a problem with these things on my Mac. (I'm a switcher - I was PC only until about a year and a half ago)

Posted by: clarkgoble at July 8, 2004 02:02 PM