A CD, See?
Does anyone actually play their CDs any more?
As a result of the highly-successful campaign to go legit I have bought lots of CDs. Most of them have never been played more than once, possibly in the car on the way home. Once home, the CD is ripped, then put straight into the Big Box In The Closet, never to be seen again (until a few years later when I feel the urge to re-encode everything using the codec du jour).
To me, CDs are receipts. They are tangible evidence that you have paid for the music at some time in the past.
I will freely admit to flouting copyright law and claim my fair-use rights even when there technically are none. So when I have bought a CD and, for whatever reason, cannot rip it to iTunes, I will have a clear conscience after downloading it from the internet. The plastic discs themselves get scratched and lost. Sometimes they are just buried at the bottom of the box in the closet. Sometimes I just can't be bothered with the crappy software (such as that currently needed to extract a soundtrack from a DVD, for instance). In these situations it's usually easier to just download the music from the internet.
And what's the deal with
observational stand-up comedy copy-protection on CDs these days? I have never encountered it myself, but if I did I wouldn't try very hard to break it before giving up and downloading a copy from the internet. I expect most half-savvy music lovers are doing the same. The effect is that record companies are pushing people into the more seedy corners of the internet to download their music. What are they thinking?