Instead of mutely passing on a crippled no-rip no-iPod album to its fans, Switchfoot’s Tim Foreman posted instructions for beating Sony’s DRM to the band’s messageboard. From his introduction:
Many PC users have posted problems that they have had importing the new songs (regular disc only, not the dual disc) into programs such as Itunes. Let me first say that as a musician AND as a music fan, I agree with the frustration that has been expressed. We were horrified when we first heard about the new copy-protection policy that is being implemented by most major labels, including Sony (ours), and immediately looked into all of our options for removing this from our new album. Unfortunately, this is the new policy for all new major releases from these record companies. It is heartbreaking to see our blood, sweat, and tears over the past 2 years blurred by the confusion and frustration surrounding this new technology. It is also unfortunate when bands such as ourselves, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, etc… (just a few of the new releases with copy protection) are the target of this criticism, when there is no possible way to avoid this new industry policy.
Before everyone flames him about moving to an indie, consider that he’s risking all sorts of ass-kicking by posting these instructions in defiance of the majors:
B) If you’re a PC user, and you haven’t yet tried to import the the disk yet, download and install a free program called CDEX from http://cdexos.sourceforge.net/downloads.php. Now hold down the shift button while inserting the switchfoot CD (this disables the auto-run feature on the CD). Make sure that you hold it down until you are sure that nothing has run (maybe 60 seconds). Once the CD is loaded without auto-running it’s software, open the CDEX program, and select tracks 1-12 (Lonely Nation-Daisy), excluding data tracks 13 and 14. THen select the top icon on the right side of the program “Extract CD tracks to WAV files”. THis will extract them to your mymusic folder. Open iTunes and drag the .wav files you created into your itunes library, and you’re done, and free to convert the songs into mp3, or whatever format you wish. (If you’ve already tried to import another copy protected CD like Foo Fighters, etc…, you may already have the protection software installed on your computer, and should go to plan C.
Click here for plan C…
(Careful readers will note that the message board is really at sonymusic.com…)