Compact Discs became popular in the mid 1980s. Still the most popular means of distributing music to the masses these days, and probably will continue like this until the RIAA have kicked all file-sharing networks firmly in the nuts. Also great for mass data storage. Since the early 80s, a number of standards have been created to reflect the capabilities of advancing technology.

There's a blue book format as well, which came about after White Book, but didn't herald anything very exciting to the lay-person.

Recently, certain music companies released their CDs with a garbled data track. This confused operating systems, causing the CD to be unplayable, and hence unrippable (uncopyable). Apple Macs suffered the most, with many having to be taken apart in computer repair shops to remove the offending CD. Turns out that this could be remedied by scribbling over the data track with a marker pen.

(See also Borked Recordings, for times when the manufacturers of a CD don't play ball with the specifications.)

"So, CNN call us up and ask: "Could you demonstrate the magic marker trick for defeating copy protection on Celine Dion CDs?" continued :

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