Los Angeles, CA - Major record labels are queuing up to voice their
support for MicroBlinker's new CD encryption technology which they
say renders audio CDs impervious to pirating. Called NoAudio,
it sets the standard in CD copy protection. The scrambling
technology works by taking the audio signal and applying MicroBlinker's
patented TotalAttenuation algorithm to prevent the audio content
from being, 'ripped'.
copyright protection systems have been criticized by audiophiles
because they add inaudible noise to the CD which music lovers claim
degrades sound quality. A focus group of listeners agreed unanimously
that *NSYNC's latest album Celebrity sounded much better after it
had been encrypted using NoAudio. "There were no more
annoying dance tunes or formula ballads getting in the way of my
enjoyment," said one listener.
A spokesman for Sony said, "We're looking seriously at protecting
our investment in our artists. We've seen what the competitors have
to offer, but this [system] has far exceeded our expectations. Frankly
we have accepted that if you can hear the music, you can pirate it. We're
not worried about its affect on sales, our powerful marketing and
talented artists can overcome any lack of audio on the CDs."
Margaret Fatt of MicroBlinker spoke today to shareholders, "We
are leading the field in the anti-piracy race. MacroVision says their
SafeAudio technology will work on 99.7% of players, but we are offering
100% compatibility. This offers the best deal for consumers
as well as recording companies"
Hackers claim they will find a way to crack the system. "I
give it 3 months before you start seeing rips of these silent CDs
on Morpheus," said GyR8.
Field trials of this technology have already begun, with 250,000
CDs incorporating the technology already in circulation. Consumer
group, Music for People, condemned the trials as unfair because all
of the distributed CDs contained Country music which no one listens
to. "How can the general public judge the impact of this technology
if they test it on releases no one will buy? I can't see too
many 'golden eared' patrons rushing out to buy the latest Charley
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