MediaMax is easy to crack if you know what you’re doing, without AnyDVD or even EAC. For all of the ways to crack it, read Alex Halderman’s famous paper at:
It’s a few years old, and some of the filenames may have changed (for example, on the audio disc of the recent “Dido Live” CD/DVD, the MediaMax launch file is called PlayDisc.exe, not LaunchCD.exe), but most of it still applies to ANY MediaMax disc.
The most important things are (a) get rid of the MediaMax “SbcpHid” driver if it’s there (as described in the Halderman paper), and (b) disable autorun (read the Annoyances.org article linked in the “update” section–the best way is thru TweakUI, but read the first comment for how to do it with Win2K; you DON’T have to disable auto insert notification). Once you do that, yes, select only the first session where necessary (any of the TOC options in EAC will work, even the current neutered version).
I disabled autorun before ever inserting “Dido Live” into my computer; EAC ripped it like buttah, and I think even ordinary rippers would have worked. It’s also been reported here that someone who got the SbcpHid trojan off the new Backstreet Boys disc was able to rip it after following the instructions in the Halderman paper. (That part of the instructions was even posted in the Amazon.com reviews of that disc.)