Bruce Springsteen has improbably embraced anti-piracy technology by releasing his current Seeger Sessions using the DualDisc format. DualDisc provides a CD on one side and a DVD on the other. It prevents some listeners (though not all judging from the Google discussion groups I’ve been reading on this subject) from listening to the CD on a computer (you can listen to it in DVD format but again you can’t rip the DVD). Though the promotional flyer with the recording doesn’t mention this, one of the purposes of DualDisc is to prevent ripping the CD. Another feature of DualDisc is the special DVD visual/graphic features you can add that complement the audio recording.
I found this background information about DualDisc at the alt.music.mp3 discussion group:
DualDisc is a copy protected format. As such, it’s a newly developed combination of CD and DVD (each on one side of the same disc). The fact that it is not strictly a Compact Disc when interpreting the standard gives them a convenient excuse for adding the copy protection as well while avoiding the negative attention it might have drawn:
1. There’s a warning saying that not all audio players will play CD side
– They say it’s because the combo disc is thicker than a CD
– In fact it’s because CD side contains copy control technology
2. The DualDisc CD side can only contain 60 minutes of audio
– They say it’s because of limitations in manufacturing process
– In fact ~200MB is needed for the copy control technology
Of course, the consumer is free to decide if the price of having to use the copy control technology outweighs the fact that the DVD side can contain truly nice and high quality extras.
Essentially, Bruce is bribing you with the bonus of a 30-minute DVD of rehearsals for making of the record and hoping you won’t notice the draconian technology he’s added which renders it inoperable to some of those who wish to rip it. I’m sorry to say I just bought this CD at Costco. But I’d recommend that others who wish to listen to it on their PCs or Macs should verify before purchasing that they’ll be able to do so.
I should add that there are ways to rip the DVD but they require some pretty specific technical skills. There is one method mentioned in the post I’ve linked to here.