The message against illegally copying CDs for uses such as in file-sharing over the Internet has widely sunk in, said the company in it's recent announcement to drop the Copy-Control program. Only a small part of the population illegally copy CDs, continues spokeswoman Kimiko Ohashi.
Sony Corporation has been revising it's digital music strategies recently. A while ago they announced the addition of the MP3 to the supported format of their audio players.
Sony Corp.'s music unit is abandoning its CDs that use built-in technology that limits copying them, after pushing the program for two years.Source: SiliconValley.com
Such CDs let users copy their music once for free onto a personal computer, but use the Internet to charge a fee for subsequent copying of the same disk.
The music giant recently started adapting its strategy due to the proliferation of MP3 computer files, used to store music in audio players such as Apple's iPod, which are rapidly becoming a global music industry phenomenon.