Spinning Sony BMG’s “Protected” CDs [3:25 pm]
A Reuters news article showing the effort to “convince” Apple to make the Sony DRM systems work with iTunes: Copy-protected CDs iPod-incompatible but sell well [pdf]
Recent CDs by Foo Fighters and Dave Matthews Band containing new anti-piracy technology are selling well despite a backlash among some fans angry that the discs are incompatible with iPods, experts said on Thursday.
[...] About one-third of the 252 customer reviews of the Foo Fighter CD this week on Amazon, which prominently displays the fact the album is a copy-protected CD, complained about the copy protection.
Record executives said they were continuing talks with Apple Computer Inc. to make these CDs compatible with iPods. In the meantime, Sony BMG also released versions of each album to Apple’s iTunes service.
That appeased some iPod users, but others are still angry because they like to physically own a disc before importing it to iPods.
[...] “It’s up to Apple to flip the switch,” said one record label executive.
[...] Meanwhile, record industry officials said the Dave Matthews and Foo Fighters CDs are selling well. “I haven’t noticed them selling off par with their past albums. In fact the Foo Fighters’ first week was the best week they’ve ever had,” said Geoff Mayfield, director of charts at Billboard.