They are going to a copy protection format that will not allow CDs to be ripped directly to the iPod or other MP3s. Bad move I think considering how immensely popular mp3 players are, especially the iPod right now. I'm surprised Sony is doing this, I guess their mp3 player really sucks.
http://www.avrev.com/news/0605/14.emi.htmlSony/BMG is also limiting CD copying. According to Thomas Hesse, president of the companys global digital music business, about half the discs released in the US today by Sony/BMG have the three-copy limit, and by the end of the year, they plan to have the three-copy limit on all of their releases.
So, why havent Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group added this technology? One reason is that songs cannot be transferred directly to Apple iPods and other MP3 devices. Labels know that the most determined bootleggers will find ways around it, but they still aim to stop the average Joe. Maybe it is just a matter of time until the other majors sign on?