I just bought the new Amerie cd, Touch*. I want to listen to it on my computer, rip it to mp3's, and copy it to my mp3 player. Right? I haven't downloaded, or traded, or anything with mp3's for years, and frankly most of the mp3's I downloaded and liked ended up with me purchasing the cd anyways. I'm the sort of customer that the record companies should love - I purchase cd's every month, and I don't do anything with them other then listen to them personally (in the above-listed ways).
But now? Thanks to the copy protection on this cd, I can't even do that much. Windows sees it as a data cd only, not an audio cd, so I can't use any of my normal tools to rip it or copy it to my mp3 player. I can't even listen to it without using the flash-based utility that is installed by the cd. Literally. Cannot use it at all. Oh, and it has a "bonus" video which is unlocked by having the cd in your drive. But the only bonus video is one of the several which are available for free at higher quality on her website. In fact, it was the free music clips and videos on the site which is what made me decide to buy the cd on the spur of the moment. Without them, I wouldn't have purchased it, simple as that.
So what am I going to do now? Contact Amazon, hope their usually-good customer service lets me return it since it doesn't work for me, and then start looking into how I can thwart the record companies' copy protection plans. Assholes.
* - Before that, my last cd purchase was the new nine inch nails cd, with_teeth. It ripped just fine. I'll be keeping it. Before that, Ben Folds - I'll be trying to return that one for a normal, working version. And no, my cd choices will never make sense to anyone but myself, but that's fine with me. I like diversity in my playlist.