Originally Posted by hotguy8289
How ironic that Sony used an impossible encryption on SACD (which, let's face it, didn't set the world on fire),
The SACD was developed at a time the big record companies were going through a shock, as the ease the Audio CDs could be copied was damaging their higly profitable album sales business model. And since CDs could not be copy protected, they needed a new format that could be copy protected, and they needed it now.
So, when the record companies heard that Sony was making a new audio format, the said to Sony something to the tune of "lock the content inside the disc and never let it out, or else you won't to see any releases on this new format. We don't want to have the CD debacle repeated again". Also, don't forget that Sony owns Sony BMG, a major supporter of DRM-everywhere.
Thus, SACD was designed from day 1 to be impenetrable, and that's the reason for the impossible encryption. Sony also banned the making of PC drives. This serves two purposes: First, it prevented the creation of ripping programs. Secondly, it cancelled the existense of software players (like WinDVD). By keeping the decrypton algorithm in hardware, they would greatly discourage any reverse engineering efforts (this trick is applied by the cable tv business as well).
and then allowed their standard CDs to be copied again and again for your gramma, Sid, the guy at work, and anybody else who I would make a copy for if they furnished a blank CD. I hate Sony.
The CD was developed in different times. Back then, CD recorders were still in prototype stage, and were bat f... expensive (they didn't start to go cheap untill 1996). There was no Napster, no torrent. No record companies going through a shock. Also, most formats back then were not copy protected (DAT, VHS, laserdisc etc), so the idea of a protected format was pretty much science fiction back then. Simply, there was too little incentive to put copy protection on Audio CDs.
By the time napster/torrent/CD recorders appeared, it was too late. CD players were everywhere, so you just couldn't break compatibility with all this huge installed base to put copy protection in them. So, the record companies kept their CD line of products rolling, hoping that the public would soon jump to the copy protected SACD for the higher quality, and CDs would be gradually phased out of the market. Just like DVD displaced VHS for the movie industry (however, I don't know if it would have if it was as heavily protected as sacd and no pc drives existed). But in the case of CD vs SACD, the public prefered good ol' CDs and passed on the SACD. Good for us.
Anyway, SACD is pretty old news now, it's being outclassed by DVD-Audio, which is generally more awesome AND plays on PCs (gotta like how the record companies always shoot themselves in the foot).