Congratulations, Sony: your customers are now actually afraid to buy the legal product rather than download a free pirate copy.
A report from the Campaign for Digital Rights indicates that Sony is issuing more copy-corrupted CDs likely to break your Macintosh, and cause problems with many other CD players – so far including Celine Dion A New Day Has Come, the Star Wars Episode 2 soundtrack, Shakira Laundry Service, Sarah Connor Green Eyed Soul, Jennifer Lopez J To Tha L-O: The Remixes! and Destiny’s Child This is the Remix.
Sony is claiming to have released 70 such discs in Europe, though a representative would not list the titles in question.
The corrupt CDs are so far only being sold into the European market. However, SiliconValley.com and other sites are already urging a worldwide consumer boycott of Sony: “I’m not a thief. I’m a customer. When you treat me like a thief, I won’t be your customer.”
The Campaign for Digital Rights report lists the effects of the CDs on various players, and includes a list of CD-ROM drives that get around the deliberate manufacturer corruption.
The Campaign also has a full list of known bad European CDs – many of which have no warning label – which consumers can use in coordination with the Fat Chuck’s list. The Campaign website also includes research papers, how to run protests and useful information links.
Apple has now determined that putting one of the Sony corrupt discs into your iMac is a warranty violation: “any attempt to use non standard discs with Apple CD drives will be considered a misapplication of the product.”
Update, Wed 15 May 2002, 2:32am: Register and Apple links.