The recent release of Switch foot's new CD has angered a number of their fans, as it contains special features so that it cannot be copies onto a computer. The band recently responded on the website with tips to circumvent the protection.
Apparently the issue is with Windows users, who want to copy their music onto iPods, or import their music into iTunes. Apparently, when the CD is inserted into a PC, software is installed on the computer that prevents the contents of the CD being copied to the computer other than in a protected WMA format, which is incompatable with iTunes and iPods.
Tim Foreman of Swithcfoot had this to say on the bands message board:
my heart is heavy with this whole copy-protection thing. 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.