I just wanted to stop by and say thanks.
Yesterday I bought My Morning Jacket - Z. When I got it home I innocently inserted it into my DVD burner so I could rip it in itunes and put it on my ipod. Little did I know…
After I started the rip I noticed that something or another was updating files. “Hmmm… what’s this all about?” I asked myself, “I didn’t run any software.” Then I remembered that Sony had gotten in trouble for instituting some malware DRM carp and looked at the CD case a little closer.
Yep, it was infected alright. I quickly looked for a way to shut down the program so it wouldn’t install itself, but it didn’t have an exit. By the time I brought up task manager to kill it manually it had already reached the point of asking to agree to eula. I killed it without doing so.
Even though I never agreed to the eula, it had installed itself and ran anyways. The first three files that I ripped were fine but all the ones after that were garbled.
Damn you ****heads, Sony!
It turned out that the malware it loaded is called MediaMax 5.0, so after a great deal of research and hassle today, I downloaded the uninstaller patch from the software developer’s site (rat bast**** SunnComm).
I also signed up for the Sony settlement agreement which means that once I send them a proof of purchase they’ll let me download the sound files from the web. But in the meantime I STILL couldn’t listen to the album on my ipod, which is my main means of listening to music nowadays.
I knew that with older DRM malware it was possible to bypass it by copying the cda files to your harddrive then burning them onto a clean disk.
Imagine my surprise when I couldn’t even read any audio files on the Sony disk at all.
Fortunately I stumbled across this site and through using the search function (how unusual for a n00b, eh?) was able to research how to use Exact Audio Copy and Lame mp3 encoder to detect the files and rip them, so now after several hours I am finally listening to my CD on my ipod as I write.
I just wanted to say thank you so much, I would have been lost without the advice of the contributors of this site, even if you didn’t answer any of my questions directly!