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Sunday, January 08, 2006

Do you like quality music? Well, then you're under arrest.

God bless those ultra-geeks over at for doing the things that you and I frankly don't want to do. Namely, buying the new Coldplay album to prove that's it's unlistenable.

"Hell, man, I coulda toldja that, it's a Coldplay album after all.", I hear you say, and all right, yes, wise guy, I won't argue with you. But they are, in fact, proving that the record is literally unlistenable.

Check out this list of ways that you CANNOT listen to the new Coldplay album below:


So, to briefly recap, this disc will allow no copying, no putting on an Ipod, no car stereos, no PC's, no Macs, no portable cd players, no dvd players, no shoes, no shirt, no service. Period. Oh, and no refunds if you don't like any of this. No sticking your tongue out at us either. It's not polite.

If you're buying this disc, basically you are buying it to look at it and imagine what it sounds like. The punchline, of course, is in the first sentence in which they explain that this was done "in order for you to enjoy a high quality music experience."

The first response to that is: "Yeah, and what experience is that exactly?" The second response is that is: "High quality music experience? I thought you said that this was a Coldplay album."

Oh, all right, fine. I'll leave them alone for a minute, but one really does have to wonder about the logic of this whole thing. Have the record labels learned nothing? By putting this kind of extreme copy protection measures in place that cuts into people's ability to enjoy the music, you only succeed in pissing people off and making them all think that buying a CD is too much trouble, so they just download it illegally instead.


It's so obvious, make it worth their while and they will come back for more. But between this and the whole Sony DRM debacle, people are seriously gonna give up buying music forever. And that's not including people who also quit once they hear the new Coldplay album.

Sorry, couldn't resist.


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