OpenMG Pre-Ripped for PC
Yesterday I foolishly purchased the newly-reformed Duran Duran CD. I know, I know, but I am a shamelessly unreformed child of the 80's. Anyway the package proudly boasts that the disc is "Copy Protected & Pre-Ripped For PC". Of course, what pre-ripped for PC actually means is "Music Will Not Play on Your PC Unless You Download It In Our Shonky Proprietary OpenMG Format And Install Bespoke Software To Play It".
Alternately, you can play it straight off the disc using the disc's built-in player. This ill-designed little application brings me several benefits, like, not having a minimise button, and not having the ability to program tracks into an order I'd like. Plus the fringe benefit of informing me as a consumer that as a corporation Sony Music do not believe that on a computer I own I have the right to choose which software I will use to listen to some music that I have purchased.
To add insult to injury every time I removed the "CD" from my machine it caused Windows to blue-screen on me, which on the first occasion lost me a load of unsaved work.
Naturally I have responded in the way that only a brand-enhancing experience like that can make you - by going to the bother of ripping the album into one long .wav file, chopping it up into the constituent tracks, and then burning a copy of it for everybody I know who was likely to have bought it.