Took them long enough, but it looks like Sony BMG has finally recognized what sort of PR nightmare they've unleashed by dragging their feet and denying there was a problem on the whole rootkit situation. While they finally agreed to pull the CDs and recall ones that had been sold, many saw it as a too little, too late response. Some reports even highlighted that Sony's management team still didn't think this was a big deal. It looks like someone there finally figured out that the company really had to go a bit beyond what they were doing. They've now announced that the exchange program will require you to send in your existing CDs, to which they'll send back a regular, unencumbered copy of the CD -- but, while you're waiting, you'll be able to download unprotected MP3s of the songs on the CDs you're sending in. Of course, I imagine a few people might want to wait and make sure those MP3s really are plain old MP3s. I have one of the CDs in question, and I think I'll be waiting until we hear from Ed Felten and Alex Halderman as to how safe those downloads are... Still, it's quite ironic to note that Sony BMG went through all this trouble to (in their minds, at least) prevent the songs on these CDs from ever reaching the MP3 format (an impossible dream), and now, here they are, handing out plain old MP3s of those very songs.
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