Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Avoid these CDs

Like the plague.

Here's a list of Sony CDs copy-protected to make them impossible to use on your iPod or any other MP3 player, a protection system that also surreptitiously installs software on your computer that "has a high possibility of crashing any PC it is installed on and soaks up processor cycles because of inefficient coding."

I have marked the jazz titles that stuck out at me.

Trey Anastasio, Shine (Columbia)
Celine Dion, On ne Change Pas (Epic)
Neil Diamond, 12 Songs (Columbia)
Our Lady Peace, Healthy in Paranoid Times (Columbia)
* Chris Botti, To Love Again (Columbia)
Van Zant, Get Right with the Man (Columbia)
Switchfoot, Nothing is Sound (Columbia)
The Coral, The Invisible Invasion (Columbia)
Acceptance, Phantoms (Columbia)
Susie Suh, Susie Suh (Epic)
Amerie, Touch (Columbia)
Life of Agony, Broken Valley (Epic)
* Horace Silver Quintet, Silver's Blue (Epic Legacy)
* Gerry Mulligan, Jeru (Columbia Legacy)
* Dexter Gordon, Manhattan Symphonie (Columbia Legacy)
* The Bad Plus, Suspicious Activity (Columbia)
The Dead 60s, The Dead 60s (Epic)
Dion, The Essential Dion (Columbia Legacy)
Natasha Bedingfield, Unwritten (Epic)
Ricky Martin, Life (Columbia)

I've purchased a lot of Columbia Legacy disks in the past and likely would have sprung for the Dexter Gordon title on the list at least. No mas.


Janet said...

This is a useful list, Greg...thanks!



Mr. Greg said...

Looks like Sony is relenting, for now. Of course, that doesn't do any good as far as the CDs already "in the wild," so to speak, go. And it doesn't mean they and other record companies won't keep trying. That's why there should be a law, and preferably international regulations, requiring copy-protected disks to be clearly labeled as such.