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Man..is this horribly screwed or what... --------------------- Celine Dion kills iMacs! An Apple dealer has 'confirmed' to the Campaign for Digital Rights (CDR) that attempting to play the latest Celine Dion CD in a new iMac will result in the machine having to be sent for repair. As we reported last month, Celine's latest offering - A New Day Has Come - features copy-protection to prevent it being played and duplicated in a PC, and that same copy-protection was believed to be capable of damaging the PC's firmware. It seems that this is definitely the case, as once the CD is inserted into a new iMac it cannot be removed and the machine cannot be restarted. This may not be the only CD which could cause the problems. CDR reports that a number of CDs from Sony-owned companies such as Epic and Columbia may also pose a threat. These include the soundtrack for Star Wars Episode II and discs from Shakira, Jennifer Lopez and Destiny's Child. The CDs carry a small warning stating 'Will not work on PC/Mac'. CDR continues to compile a lengthening list of copy-protected CDs and though not all of them will damage your Mac, some are reported as delivering poor quality sound when played 'legitimately' in hi-fi equipment. http://www.macuser.co.uk/macsurfer/php3/openframe.php3?page=/newnews/newsarticle.php3?id=1990
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I dunno.... These "copy-copy protected" CDs aren't really so "protected". I just bought the Star Wars II soundtrack.... I've never had any of these new CDs yet so after seeing this thread I checked it out... Like they say my PC can't read the new CD. It just thinks there's nothing there... a blank. So... I tried copying it with Nero. Whatever new protection they are using does not get copied by Nero.... I'm now listening to my copied Star Wars CD in my PC. I'll have to see if the copy plays in all my players... If so....well.... it's just a big fuss about nothing... because I can still copy the CD and the copy has no protection! :rolleyes: Go figure.... Valky

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[quote]Originally posted by alphajerk: [b]hey, at least its shitty ass music they are doing it to.[/b][/quote]Maybe we shouldn't complain then.Maybe this is the best thing the stupid-ass industry has done right in years.Go-Sony-Go :D
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Probably using a [b]P[/b] roductivity [b]C[/b] onfounder. :thu: Yeah one of my students brought in a Michelle Branch CD. I t had some nice promo stuff, including some Quicktime vidi, but the music wouldn't play. Talcott

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