Saturday, November 04, 2006

Sorry Il Divo, I'm judging you by your friends.

I like Il Divo. Good music to plooter around in the car too.

So yesterday i was moved to buy a couple of their CDs. Abut what's this? I can't play them on my PC, my normal media player, as there's some sort of copy protection?

Or rather, "You have to update several files in order to play this disc" and then you're given the option of installing crap knows what on your machine or sit listening to it grinding and clunking away while you try in vain to cancel MPlayer, get back to the desk top, eject the disk...

A quick google reveals that the boys discs are produced/distributed by Syco Music and that the copy protection comes via BMG. On close inspection ther eis the TINIEST of labels with who knows what random logos and the url The site that leads to is, what's the word... shit? Oh it's nicely designed, flash animated sqooshy graphics and all manner of knob knockery, but it doens't tell you how you can use the damned disc or what this software it wants to install is.

So I can only assume it's faulty and will be chucking it back over the counter at Virgin for a refun tyvm. "Not suitable for the purpose for which it was purchased", that is, it won't play on my PC.

More info on BMG and co at The Register

Meanwhile, sorry boys, but I'm going to judge you by the company you keep. No more Il Divo in this house. So that's a clear case of copy protection affecting sales.