It's been a while since corrupt CDs have been in the news. But they haven't gone away… For those who don't know, record companies are intentionally breaking the CD standard, introducing errors, encryption and low quality alternative versions to try and prevent CDs being ripped on users' PCs. This ignores the fact that we all have a right to make a copy of the CD for personal use (such as on an iPod) and that these technologies actually break many non-computer CD audio players. It's another example of the music industry getting it horribly wrong and treating their customers like criminals.
The Campaign for Digital Rights latest update on what the record companies are up to highlights how bad the issue is getting.