Bill P. Godfrey et al

Sunday, January 01, 2006

This CD won't play. Enjoy.

A leaflet inserted into one of Coldplay's CDs.
(Hat tip: Vital Security)

It may have problems with some players... (A selection)
  • Some CD players that possess CD-R/RW function (such as portable players or car stereos)
  • Some car stereos with satellite "Guidance" systems.
  • Some CD players or car stereos with hard disk recording capability.
  • Some CD-R/RW Recorders used for music.
  • Some portable CD players.
  • Some DVD players.
  • Some CD/LD Convertible players
  • Some Game Players
    Although you can use your PC's Windows program to listen to certain tracks, this does not mean that the CD can be played in all PCs.
  • This CD does not support Macintosh PC software.
  • Except for manufacturing problems, we do not accept exchange, return or refund.
What's left? Every CD player I have is on this list.
Don't even think about asking for a refund!

This what paying customers have to put up with. I'm certainly not going to hand over my hard earned cash to be treated like this.

Update (2/Jan/2006): I've ranted about a releated issue before. (Hello Neil.)


  • Yeah, I used to think I would be hardcore and continue to buy CDs and not give into the iTunes revolution....

    but... my conviction is waning.

    By Anonymous Rori, At 10:29 PM, January 01, 2006  

  • I believe this whole copy protection malarky is dead in the water, if it's what I think it is - where they install software surreptitiously and any attempts to uninstall it renders the cd drive unusable. If you simply don't have "autoplay cds" enabled it ignores the "copy protection" and allows you to copy the cd to the pc. I've yet to come across one that cannot be copied - copy protection or none.

    However, assuming it's what I'm thinking of, they've been taken to caught (and lost) due to it's stealthy nature ; hiding code in places away from anti-virus software and all that jazz - I could give you links, but, you know where to look.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 12:07 PM, January 02, 2006  

  • Additional : Hey! I forgot, you'd already said all that on the " "Remember when music CDs just had music on them?" blog entry... hmm...


    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 12:16 PM, January 02, 2006  

  • This one was more about the list. None of my CD players (which include perfectly normal players) are guaranteed to play this CD.

    By Blogger Bill P. Godfrey, At 1:18 PM, January 02, 2006  

  • got you. "You have just spent £14.99 on a non returnable drinks coaster. If you are lucky you may find something you can put this in and watch as music emits from nearby speakers..."

    By Blogger M., At 4:02 PM, January 04, 2006  

  • Hmm... and how do satelite guidance systems ... ah... obviously they're scared you'll try and upload the cd to the satellite and inadvertantly start world war 3 or something. War Games, here we come (quick, break out the tic tac toe)

    By Blogger M., At 4:03 PM, January 04, 2006  

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