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Phantoms [SONY XCP CONTENT/COPY-PROTECTED CD] [UK-Import]

Acceptance Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B0007WF1XW
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 611,862 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Phantoms [Sony Xcp Content/Copy

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
2003's EP 'Black Lines to Battlefields' showcased the exceptional talent of Acceptance, being streets ahead of the formularised punk in evidence on their debut 'Lost for Words'. This EP formed the basis of the band signing a deal with Columbia records. Sticking to the formula that has so far proved extremely successful, Acceptance continue the soundscape of hook filled songs harnessed to unashamed punk influences. However you won't find any cheesy pop punk stereotypes on 'Phantoms' instead the songs portray a band that has less punk and more rock. Produced my Aaron Sprinkle, who did such a phenomenal job with the latest Anberlin release as well as 'Black Lines to Battlefields', 'Phantoms' has one or two neat tricks up its sleeve. 'Over You' and 'The Letter' are as commercial rock songs as you are likely to hear. A re-recording of 'Permanent' and 'This Conversation is Over' take care of the punk side of the band, whilst the tuneful sincerity of 'Different' and the Third Eye Blind-like 'So Contagious' add a new dimension to their sound. Along with Anberlin's 'Never Take Friendship Personal', 'Phantoms' represents the best available in today's commercial contemporary rock market
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid this Disc 3 Nov 2005
By Mike - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I love Acceptance, and they make some great music, but this cd is part of Sony's DRM scheme. Under the guise of copyright protection, this cd will install a program on your computer, that reports usage of the files back to Sony, cannot be deleted, and slows down your computer. More info here:

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars CD contains DRM software that opens your system to viruses 12 Nov 2005
By Phillip Roncoroni - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As many people may know by now, Sony was recently caught with egg on their face when a security specialist found out that a recently purchased CD (Van Zant: Get Right With The Man) from Sony music not only installed DRM software (digital rights management, to limit and outright prevent copying music to certain devices), but it did so in such a sneaky way that it hid itself entirely from Windows, and opened the system up to security issues such as viruses.

This CD has the same copyright protection, called XCP. When installed, Sony hijacks your computer and installs custom software which:

1) Hides itself entirely from Windows by installing as a rootkit

2) Hides itself in such a manner that any files begining with $sys$ are also hidden. For example, if you install the XCP copy protection software on your machine, and rename "document.doc" to "$sys$document.doc" it then becomes invivisble to you forever.

3) Installs its own custom CD-Rom drivers to hijack your system. It also sneakily names these drivers "Plug and Play Device Manager" to seem as if it's a part of Windows. Trying to delete these drivers manually will disable your CD-Rom drive entirely.

4) Offers no uninstall option until you manually contact Sony

As of my writing this review, Sony has "apologized" for this incident, and claims they will "re-evaluate" this copyright protection software on their CDs in the future.

In the meantime, a virus is currently running wild, which names itself begining with $sys$ in an attempt to hide from the user and virus scanners.

Several class action lawsuits are also pending against Sony right now.

In summary, as you can tell from above, Sony's actions here are absolutely horrible. This is your music. You purchased it, and they should not have any right to dictate how you can use it, let alone install software which compromises your system security.

This is one of the CDs with Sony's XCP copyright protection software on it, and as a result, you should not buy it to send a message to Sony that this will NOT be tolerated in the future.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Bad For Online Piracy Or This Album Would Be Better 29 April 2005
By Chris Conlan (BreakingCustom.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Acceptance's Columbia debut was well worth the wait. Right when they released their EP with The Militia Group, you just knew these guys were going to blow up. Well, with Phantoms they will do that and more.

This album you can sit down and listen through without skipping a second; with the exception of possibly during, "Ad Astra Per Aspera," the band's instrumental song. One thing that Acceptance has that many bands don't, is that they can make a "complete" album; they just don't make one with 3 or 4 good songs. When you listen to their stuff, you are listening to everything the guys have to offer. Every song on this album has the ability to be their next single.

It makes you happy to know that Acceptance didn't change their style just because they went to a major.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full Instructions on getting copyprotected cd onto iPod 1 May 2005
By UpSideYoHead - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Got these instructions from the company that does the copyprotection. It's a pain, but it works:

If you have a Mac computer you can copy the songs using your iTunes Player as you would normally do.

If you have a PC, place the CD into your computer and allow the CD to automatically start. If the CD does not automatically start, open your Windows Explorer, locate the drive letter for your CD drive and double-click on the LaunchCD.exe file located on your CD.

Once the application has been launched and the End User License Agreement has been accepted, you can click the Copy Songs button on the top menu.

Follow the instructions to copy the secure Windows Media Files (WMA) to your PC. Make a note of where you are copying the songs to, you will need to get to these secure Windows Media Files in the next steps.

Once the WMA files are on your PC you can open and listen to the songs with Windows Media Player 9.0 or higher. You may also play them in any compatible player that can play secure Windows Media files, such as MusicMatch, RealPlayer, and Winamp, but it will require that you obtain a license to do so. To obtain this license, from the Welcome Screen of the user interface, click on the link below the album art that says If your music does not play in your preferred player, click here. Follow the instructions to download the alternate license.

Using Windows Media Player only, you can then burn the songs to a CD. Please note that in order to burn the files, you need to upgrade to or already have Windows Media Player 9 or greater.

Once the CD has been burned, place the copied CD back into your computer and open iTunes. iTunes can now rip the songs as you would a normal CD.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best album yet. 26 April 2005
By Ryan Wiedmaier - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I had the amazing pleasure to hear a few songs debuted at Hell's Kitchen last summer, and I've been giddy with anticipation ever since.

The addition of a piano to what was a solid gutiar driven band was an amazing and unexpected, but beautiful twist that really sets this album apart from their last two releases.

The album opens with what may be their strongest song, "Take cover." I had chills the first time I heard the opening piano notes, it quickly launches into a more classical Acceptance feel (If you don't have Black Lines to Battelfeilds, get it, you're missing out) and is fueled by strong gutiars and Jason's amazingly powerful voice.

Their first single, "Different" sets the tone for the album that distinguishes Phantoms from previous albums. The ballad's powerful yet melodic sound is a welcome departure and a real maturing of the band's sound.

This is THE album for the summer of 2005. Buy it, listen and love it. Then go see Acceptance live, and you'll be even more blown away.
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