I bought a handful of CDs from play.com (who were the cheapest around, and delivered quickly). One of the CDs was the Deluxe Edition of Royksopp's new album, "The Understanding". I really enjoyed "Melody AM", so thought I'd splash out a bit on this.
It arrived this morning, and says on the back of it "This disc contains Copy Control technology", and also says "On some equipment, for example car CD players playback problems may be encountered" (EMI's FAQ).
If you're a music fan, don't buy this sort of "CD". Whilst it may work now, what's to say your shiny new CD player (or car!) will play it properly? What if you want to listen to it on your iPod? What if you want to listen to it on your Linux PC? I'll bet they won't work on the new intel based Macs. What if some new way to listen to YOUR music is invented and you can't use it?
This is a blatent infringement of our rights as consumers. Remember, I bought this music, I didn't rent it, I didn't buy a "home CD player only" version. I have never illegally shared or downloaded music. Why should I be penalised? Remember, these actually aren't CDs - they look the same, but they're EMI's own music disk format. They're passing off substitute goods as the real thing.
Wordsmith letters are being dispatched to Wall of Sound, Labels (France), Virgin Records and EMI Music. More at EMICopyControlledCDs.