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May 30, 2005


Recently, I wrote a favourable review of the new Van Der Graaf Generator album on this weblog and said something to the effect that it was a good idea to buy it. I am now revising that statement:

If you live in the UK, stll go ahead and buy it. If you live in Germany or Austria, don't buy it.

That's because the CD sold in Germany and Austria is copy-protected, whereas the CD sold in the UK is not. And even if you think copy protection per se is unproblematic (which it is not, because the sound quality is inferior and you may not be able to play it at all), the impertinence with which the record industry has chosen Germany and Austria as the countries stupid enough to put up with inferior discs without complaining, that alone is reason to show them that they're gravely mistaken.

Posted by Horst on May 30, 2005 08:32 AM to reviews | Tell-a-friend

The Cartoonist said on May 30, 2005 03:45 PM:

Unbelievable. And I still don't get it. I mean, has anyone ever heard of copy-protected vinyls? This whole copy protection business is ridiculous.

Keith Himelwright said on May 31, 2005 02:35 AM:

Bravo, Herr Prillinger! I'm glad to see that someone is willing to say that only by refusing to buy "copy-protected" discs will the record companies eventually come to understand that we won't subsidize their greed. Now, if we could only get rid of regionalized DVDs....

laura said on May 31, 2005 04:31 AM:

I like boycotts. I boycotted a store in Old Town Pasadena which gave me a problem in using the bathroom when I was 8 mos. pregnant. The lady said, "You can use it if you donate to my favorite charity," and pointed to a glass jar by the register. The store has since gone under, and I hope I was part of the reason. I hope the embedded discs will go the way of "New Coke," (boycotted by Americans in the '80s, and sunk).

dieter said on May 31, 2005 10:24 AM:

Kazaa and the like are not a very reliable source of the music technical quality you are looking for. However, it is exactly this protection mania that makes them worth a try.

On the other side, having tried iTunes store, I am on the one side impressed by the amount of music they do have, but on the other side they are not much better than the CD producers: You can only run your purchased music on five different computers, and they all have to be registered to iTunes. I do not like that amount of big brotherhood even if it is coming from Apple. Still, I think that CD industry is digging its grave. High prices, lots of trouble, sounds like a sure recipe for failure.

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