This may not be news to many people, but I felt I had to vent....
Okay, so I go out and buy a new CD today (30 Seconds to Mars: A Beautiful Lie). When I get home, I do the first thing I always do, pop in the CD and rip it to my HD. But wait, before I can start up CDex the CD starts to autoload some program. Okay, I'm thinking, it's some crappy CD-extra thing--click the "X" to close the program. Then, the CD ejects from my computer... wtf? Put it back in, and let the autoloader finish--this POS is gonna make me sign an EULA just to listen to the music on my computer! I can't even get WinAmp or Windows Media Player to play the tracks--I have to use to software on the CD just to play the damn CD. I try to rip the CD anyways using CDex, and all the tracks come out garbled. Apparently I have to use more software included on the CD to copy the music to my HD, but only in WMA format. Oh, and I'm "allowed" 3 burns of the CD, again only using the software that came on the CD. F'ing DRM...
Now, there was a time when I had some sympathy for people who opposed Napster and all that--I mean, it costs money to make music, put it on a CD, and distribute it... so why should it be available free to some college kid, just cuz he doesn't want to pay for it, right? I'm all for people being compensated for the work they do. But for F***'s sake, I paid for this music
!!! If I want to use it for completely legitimate and legal purposes, such as exporting it to my HD in whatever freakin' format I want, that's nobody's business but my own! This shit is waaayyyy over the line. And just the other day, I read abuot Sony's CDs secretly installing DRM software to your computer without your permission or knowledge. Do record companies want
to alienate every last consumer out there???
That's it. I'm going to purchase my Anti-RIAA tshirt as soon as I click "post"