Having trouble playing those copy-protected discs of yours? You’re not the only one:
Music companies which use copy protection may be denying the artists under contract to them legitimate play time on radio stations, if the happenings at one outfit are any indication.
This radio station, which recently received its regular bag of freebies from EMI, finds that it is unable to play any of the CDs it received – the copy protection on the discs gets in the way. [...]
The station in question has no standalone CD players, just desktop PCs (all running Windows 2000) and a couple of old Denon CD Cart players.
“The CD tries to install some files to allow the PC to play the CD but my boss won’t authorise the installation of these files because he has no technical info on the software,” wrote the gentleman who let us know about this.
“And if we can’t transfer the CD tracks to our digital playout system the CD ain’t going to get any airplay at all!”
Incidentally, there are exactly four CDs listed on Amazon at the moment which admit to being copy-protected.