Natalie Nobbles iPod With Copy Protected CD [Updated]

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Date: Saturday, November 17th, 2001, 09:44
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The new Natalie Imbruglia album – White Lilies Island appears to contain some type of copyright software that makes it unplayable on a mac. The store I bought it from kindly replaced it but both CDs were ‘Unreadable by this Computer… [Eject] [Initialize]’


The new Natalie Imbruglia album – White Lilies Island appears to contain some type of copyright software that makes it unplayable on a mac. The store I bought it from kindly replaced it but both CDs were ‘Unreadable by this Computer… [Eject] [Initialize].’

If this is a growing trend in music manufacture it could make it impossible to download most CDs into iTunes and have serious implications for iPod sales. Incidently it was impossible to record the CD onto MiniDisc using a built in MD system. A bit frustrating if you don’t want to carry around a portable CD player.

[Side note: ‘Wheatus’ opened their recent concert by saying “If you bought a recorder, feel free to tape us. You paid for this concert you should be able to take it home with you”. Shame all artists don’t take this view with their fans.]


According to a CNet article (“Customers put kibosh on anti-copy CD“), replacement CDs are already being issued. [HHH]


Here is an explanation of the issues regarding the new Natalie Imbruglia – luckily not a Mac-only problem![TG]


Regarding Richard’s article titled "Natalie Nobbles iPod" – The Fat Chuck’s Web site has been compiling a listing of corrupt CDs along with some suggestions on how to deal with them.[WF]


The Natalie Imbruglia CD that was mentioned contains a copy protection scheme called Cactus Data Shield. It prevents PC’s from using the CD properly as well. Although, they have the option of recording the CD as one huge 128kps Mp3. This, of course, being useless for most everything. For Linux and Macs the disc simply wont show up. However since the protection only amounts to the CD containing a purposely corrupted table of contents it should be easy to break. I suspect it already has been broken by an enterprising mind out there. [JP]

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