December 2, 2005 | By Kurt Opsahl

Updated Sony BMG DRM Spotter's Guide

Spotting Sony BMG's DRM in the wild can be challenging. While many have a standardized disclosure box on the back, CDs with the SunnComm MediaMax software have a far wider array of indicia; notably stickers on the front and, less helpfully, fine print on the back.

To help out the amateur DRM spotter, we have put together a slideshow illustrating the various methods, along with a picture compilation of variations of SunnComm's MediaMax software labeling on CDs.

Out of the over 250 titles listed on the SunnComm support site (see the pull down menu for "The CD in Question."), we were able to confirm that the following CDs are Sony-BMG (or a sublabel) releases that are labeled on the package as having SunnComm MediaMax aboard:

  1. Alicia Keys, Unplugged (Standard)
  2. Angie Stone, Stone Love
  3. Babyface, Grown & Sexy
  4. Backstreet Boys, Never Gone
  5. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Howl
  6. Charlie Wilson, Charlie Last Name Wilson
  7. Dave Matthews Band, Stand Up
  8. David Gray, Life in Slow Motion
  9. Eve 6, It's All in Your Head
  10. Imogen Heap, Speak for Yourself
  11. J-Kwon, Hood Hop
  12. Jim Brickman, Grace
  13. Kasabian, Kasabian
  14. Kings of Leon, Aha Shake Heartbreak
  15. Maroon 5, Live Friday the 13th
  16. My Morning Jacket, Z
  17. Pink, Try This
  18. Santana, All That I Am
  19. Sarah McLachlin, Bloom Remix
  20. Silvertide, Show and Tell
  21. Soundtrack, XXX: State of the Union
  22. Stellastar, Harmonies for the Haunted
  23. Velvet Revolver, Contraband

There may be many more. See the our full list of CDs affected and possibly affected by MediaMax.


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