The Register had this story first, but I didn’t quite believe it. Now Reuters has picked it up and confirmed it in great detail.
Sony has taken to screwing with its music CDs so that they won’t play on computers. God only knows how much they spent developing or licensing the technology.
Here’s how to beat it: take a common marker (a Sharpie is probably best), and draw a line around the edge on the non-labelled side. Presto! a disc that will play.
Millions of dollars to protect, 39 cents to defeat. No wonder retail CDs cost $19.