December 5, 2020

Low-Tech DRM

Today’s New York Times reports that Epic Records has taken a decidedly low-tech approach to DRM in pre-releasing two new albums to critics:

… the CD’s [are] already inside Sony Walkman players that have been glued shut. Headphones are also glued into the players, to prevent connecting the Walkman to a recording device.

Needless to say, this was defeated by at least one writer, who was able to get the CD by taking the Walkman apart. Why? Says the writer, “if I want to give it a proper review, I’m going to listen to it how I want to listen to it