Fans of Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters and Switchfoot have deluged the bands’ Web sites with angry messages, and the bands have been outspoken in their disapproval as well. The DMB Web site includes detailed instructions for circumventing the copy protection; Switchfoot bassist Tim Foreman expressed his frustration in an anguished post on the band’s Sony-run Web site: "It is heartbreaking to see our blood, sweat and tears over the past two years blurred by the confusion and frustration surrounding this new technology."
Many industry executives say the labels’ copy-protection gambit is bad for both bands and fans. "I think it’s a big mistake," says Jim Guerinot, manager of Gwen Stefani and Nine Inch Nails, both signed to Interscope, a division of Universal Music Group. "You’re selling the customer less of an experience. Everybody you’ve convinced to use iTunes and buy an iPod now can’t use the CD."
It is clear that we have not heard the end of this. Is it possible that CDs really are going the way of vinyl? It seems like Apple has the consumer figured out on this one. Time will shortly reveal the outcome.