Given some of the other wonderful new "innovations" they are trying to ram down their customer's throats, I've decided I won't buy a CD from any artists on their music labels--the most prominent of which are Epic and Columbia. Being a huge Springsteen and Folds fan, this pains me greatly, but I cannot in good consciousness let Sony get another penny from me.
Here are just a few of the wonderful new technologies Sony is diligently trying to bring to the consumers, because they've been screaming for them:
- They're illegally using open source software without giving proper credit.
- Using music CDs to install software on your computer that makes it more vulnerable to hackers. It doesn't matter whether it's a PC or a Mac.
- They've patented a new technology that tethers your video game cartridge/disc to your system console, thus making it impossible to use it on any other system, whether it's your own or belongs to a friend.
- New user agreements that specify, among other things, that if you are robbed and the original CD is taken, then you have to remove from your hard drive any music files that come from that CD.
And the sad thing is that this isn't even a complete list. This company is single-handedly confirming all my deepest, darkest fears about the evils of big business.