Sony Still Selling Malware CDs

By Jon Newton 12/27/05

In spite of Sony BMG's promise to have music poisoned with its First 4 Internet spyware (the CDs) and dangerous SunnComm MediaMax DRM (the CDs) taken off store shelves, the discs are still blatantly for sale.

"I just got back from the Sony Style store in the Westchester mall, (White Plains, NY) and I saw that the had many CDs in the shelves that had the XCP rootkits," says The Consumerlist. "I asked the manager about this and they said they were, and I quote, 'still allowed to sell them'.

Jon Newton

"From Sony’s website ( '2. SONY BMG is working with its retail partners to withdraw compact discs with XCP software from distribution and retail chains. It has asked retailers to cease sale of those discs and to return them to SONY BMG. This withdrawal program has been and is being widely communicated.

"I guess it asked 3rd party retailers to return the CDs to Sony so they can sell them in their own stores?

"Bah humbug, Sony!"

But really, what else can you expect from a corporation that's part of a conspiracy to sue mothers and their children into buying 'product' that's named in a New York overcharging investigation?

The Consumerlist didn't leave it there, however.

"I went back today (12/23), I confirmed that there were at least 3 XCP CDs on the shelves still," it continues. "I didn't bug the staff though- I was Cmas shopping with my family and didn't want to make a scene," says the post. I emailed Sony asking if the Sony Style stores are exempt from the recall.

"Their reply:

'" ' Thank you for contacting Sony BMG Online. Sony BMG has asked ALL retailers to return these CDs, this includes the SonyStyle division stores. No retailer was exempt from the XCP recall request. Thank you for the opportunity to be of assistance. The Sony BMG Online Support Team, C2X John'.

"I don't work too far from the flagship store in Manhattan. Maybe I'll drop by there soon to see if they still have them...

Jon Newton is the editor of and is a regular contributer to MP3 Newswire. Jon's site is devoted to the politics of digital music and his insights as well as those of his co-writers can be read there. We urge you to explore it.

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