It seems to me that one of the reasons people want music in MP3 format (or any of the other plethora of digital audio formats out there) is for portability--so that I can have the same music at home as at work, and in the car. From the looks of things, this CD will only play in certain players.
I wonder how frustrated this makes the band? As a user, I don't want to put a new CD in my car stereo on the way home from the store and find that it will not play. Further, I don't want to put it into any kind of player and find that it will not play.
I don't advocate stealing someone else's intellectual property. However, this situation seems like it is going to drive more users to piracy instead of away from it--one person figures out a workaround, copies the CD for a couple of buddies, and it spreads.
To echo what others have said already; the record companies seem so desperate to lock down their rights to the material that they have forgotten about the customer. The have forgotten about the musicians a long time ago.
Maybe the record companies are trying to save their bottom line, but I think in the process they are killing it, and you know what “they” say: The customer is always right.
[posted with ecto]