Wednesday, May 15, 2002

A NEW REASON TO HATE CELION DION, SHAKIRA, JENNIFER LOPEZ & DESTINY'S CHILD
From MacUserUK, it appears computer-killing discs from the above artists and others are being released in an attempt to stop digital ripping. Sure, I'm pissed, but I'm also happy. I always welcome ways to ignore the flood of pop culture lapping at my doorstep . Now I can just look for the "Will not work on PC/Mac" sticker and leave that disc in the shop.

Thanks, I guess.

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Celine Dion kills iMacs!

An Apple dealer has 'confirmed' to the Campaign for Digital Rights (CDR) that attempting to play the latest Celine Dion CD in a new iMac will result in the machine having to be sent for repair.

As we reported last month, Celine's latest offering - A New Day Has Come - features copy-protection to prevent it being played and duplicated in a PC, and that same copy-protection was believed to be capable of damaging the PC's firmware. It seems that this is definitely the case, as once the CD is inserted into a new iMac it cannot be removed and the machine cannot be restarted.

This may not be the only CD which could cause the problems. CDR reports that a number of CDs from Sony-owned companies such as Epic and Columbia may also pose a threat. These include the soundtrack for Star Wars Episode II and discs from Shakira, Jennifer Lopez and Destiny's Child. The CDs carry a small warning stating 'Will not work on PC/Mac'.

CDR continues to compile a lengthening list of copy-protected CDs and though not all of them will damage your Mac, some are reported as delivering poor quality sound when played 'legitimately' in hi-fi equipment.

Apple has responded to this problem in a support article listing a number of methods of ejecting a protected CD.

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