Does minidisc have copy protection? I’ve never actually seen a minidisc. Anyway, I was going to get some sleep but instead I decided to educate myself about this new disc format that is coming out. And I only have a couple things to say. The music on these new discs has already been compressed down to a format like MP3. They want you to pay $16 for compressed music, when their selling us uncompressed music now for the same price. We don’t download MP3’s because it’s compressed. We download it because it’s free. If we have to pay for it, we don’t want it to be compressed. Sound quality is lost during compression, and you never get it back once it’s gone. A CD holds 650 Meg of data at the minimum. These new discs hold 500 Meg of data at the maximum. Currently I get fifty blank CD’s for $12. They want to charge about $12 for one blank dataplay disc. Yes, they are already making recorders for this new type of disc. However, you cannot copy the encrypted copy protected songs off of a dataplay disc, at least not until it is hacked. So why would you need a new recorder to store 500 Meg of data, when CD burners already store 650 or more Meg of data? Dataplay discs are as small as a quarter but you have to pay for them twice. Yes that’s right, you have to pay for them twice. You go to the store, and pay $16 for compressed music. The disc has an album on it. Somewhere on the disc, there may be pictures of the band, or concert footage, or even a whole other album. However, even though you’ve already bought the disc, and it belongs to you, the extra data is encrypted and you cannot use it. To use it, you have to go to the record companies website, and do a credit card transaction, to get an unlock key, so you can unlock and use data on a disc you already owned. Problems with this are, one for the paranoid you have to give your credit card number online. Two, they get to track your buying habits. In a way it’s a violation of privacy because the record companies can track every disc you buy this way. Every time you activate with your credit card online, they know you’ve purchased that CD. If you don’t activate, you don’t get to use all the content on the disc you paid for. Three, what about older people that can’t really use the Internet? How are they going to access this extra content? So, if all these things are wrong with it, why does the music industry want to sell it to us? Because these discs have all their music copy protected and encrypted to stop us from copying their songs online. Even though it will probably be hacked. Yes that’s right, they want you to go out and buy a new $300 player, to play $16 discs that are compressed and that you can’t make backups of in case the original gets messed up. Please people do not fall for this. If you do not buy it, they cannot sell it. They’ll take my burner out of my cold dead fingers.