Mark Russinovich has posted an article about the software Sony BMG and others record lables use to keep people from doing horrible things like listening the the CDs they buy on their iPods. The software “Sony uses automatically installs itself without the users knowledge or consent and cloaks its existence in a manner similar to the rootkits used by creators of viruses and other malware”:http://www.sysinternals.com/blog/2005/10/sony-rootkits-and-digital-rights.html.
What’s worse, its so poorly written that it can be easily exploited to hide other software.
So, to break it down: Pay for a CD from Sony and they’ll thank you for your purchase by preventing you from playing it on your iPod AND exposing your computer to viruses, spyware, worms, trojans and any other malicious software you can think of. Neat!