And they wonder why we hate them.
In case you've been out of the Net loop, when you buy an UNRESTRICTED track at the iTunes Store, it comes with your NAME and E-MAIL address EMBEDDED!
Why is it these fucks think we won't catch on, that we're ignorant and won't spread the word how fucked up they are. Don't they understand this is how they got in trouble in the FIRST PLACE? The INTERNET!
Just like Lindsay Lohan can't cover up the fact that she crashed her car high on coke, Apple and EMI can't cover up the fact that they're fucking with us. This is WORSE than restricted/DRM/copy-protected music!
They're trying to SCARE US back into the last century. Trying to trip us up, trying to keep us playing on their terms. EMI hasn't given up on copy protection, they've just instituted a NEW ONE! Wherein they can trace your track if you choose to do anything untoward with it. Yup, if it's your track that's being traded P2P, you're FUCKED! You'd better not open your music folder to P2P trading, your NAME might get out!
How fucked up is THIS? Why don't you put a camera in my bedroom while you're at it. Why don't you require a list of every girl I ever fucked before I get into the gig. What's next, SAT SCORES?
I thought the music was supposed to be your friend. But now it's just part of the endless scamster scene populated by spammers and thieves looking to gain information, to strip us of our identities or beat us into submission. Yup, this is exactly what John Lennon had in mind when he made his music, a private FBI, that could fuck with you just like the U.S. government fucked with him, tried to get him deported. Lennon fought for years. There was an emotional cost. As for the FINANCIAL COST? He could afford it. Can YOU? If you're sued by the RIAA can you even mount a DEFENSE?
In the future, the music will float freely, or be so abundant and cheap that you won't need to trade/transfer/steal. But YOU'RE gonna have to sacrifice your rights now, along the way.
Where do they come up with this shit? How could they think they could get away with it? Are they really this afraid, this desperate, willing to do ANYTHING to protect their old business model?
As for 256kbps files... I've got thousand dollar speakers (http://www.auxout.com/Shop/) and I can barely hear the difference between the version of McCartney's "Letting Go" I downloaded from iTunes and the 160kbps MP3 rip I made from the original CD. On cheaper speakers, on earbuds? NO DISTINGUISHABLE DIFFERENCE!
In other words, EMI just wanted to find a way to charge thirty cents more while RETAINING the copy protection. FUCKERS!