MAKE: Blog: Dave Matthews DRM workaround HOW TO : which points at a description on the "Official Dave Matthews Band Website"

If this wasn't so sad it would be funny. Musicians explaining to their customers how to bypass the DRM on their CDs to get the song onto their iPod. By copying the embedded WMAs to their PC, downloading a license which then allows them to burn an audio CD copy of the original (modulo two lossy compression steps) so that they can then rip the CD to unencrypted MP3s to finally copy them to an iPod. And noting that the CD copy protection doesn't work on Macs so that a Mac can rip the original CD directly. And finally topping it off with a request to petition Apple to support WMA.

And all this when the original copy protection on the CD can be bypassed by simply disabling auto-run on your windows box or holding down the shift key while mounting the CD.

I mean, WTF? In the immortal words of John McEnroe, "You cannot be serious?"

Just Say No To DRM and don't buy anything from the Dave Matthews Band. I'd suggest you tell them why but their website doesn't have any obvious way of talking back apart from this email address

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