View Full Version : MAC's and SONY DRM too!

12-11-2005, 04:30 PM
Oh, and you Mac users chortling over on the sidelines -- apparently Sony is platform agnostic (godless) when it comes to annoying its customers.

Writing in MacInTouch, Darren Dittrich says, "I recently purchased Imogen Heap's new CD (Speak for Yourself), an RCA Victor release, but with distribution credited to Sony/BMG. Reading recent reports of a Sony rootkit, I decided to poke around.

In addition to the standard volume for AIFF files, there's a smaller extra partition for 'enhanced' content. I was surprised to find a 'Start.app' Mac application in addition to the expected Windows-related files.

Running this app brings up a long legal agreement, clicking Continue prompts you for your username/password (uh-oh!), and then promptly exits. Digging around a bit, I find that Start.app actually installs 2 files: PhoenixNub1.kext and PhoenixNub12.kext. Personally, I'm not a big fan of anyone installing kernel extensions on my Mac.

In Sony's defense, upon closer reading of the EULA, they essentially tell you that they will be installing software. Also, this is apparently not the same technology used in the recent Windows rootkits (made by XCP), but rather a DRM codebase developed by SunnComm, who promotes their Mac-aware DRM technology on their site."

12-11-2005, 10:28 PM
Ah, so they have time to write DRM software for Mac OS X :rolleyes:. I read somewhere that it is like a regular software installer so you have to enter your admin username and password before it actually does anything but still, after hearing about the Windows version I won't be buying any CDs with this rubbish on it. :yuck:

12-11-2005, 11:01 PM
Well if the CD has DRM in it, it can't legally be called a compact disc, if it has anything in it besides the music it is classed as a cdrom, which I refuse to buy, and have taken back them back to music stores in the past for a refund.