A Spotters' Guide to XCP and SunnComm's MediaMax

XCP:

Tip-off #1: on the front of the CD, at the left-most edge, in the transparent "spine", you'll see "CONTENT PROTECTED" along with the IFPI copy-protection logo. A few photos make this clearer.

Trey Anastasio's 'Shine'

Trey Anastasio's 'Shine'

Tip-off #2: on the back of the CD, on the bottom or right side, there will be a "Compatible with" disclosure box. Along with compatibility information, the box also includes a URL where you can get help. The URL has a telltale admission buried in it: cp.sonybmg.com/xcp. That lets you know that XCP is on this disc (discs protected with SunnComm have a different URL that includes "sunncomm").

Trey Anastasio's 'Shine'

Trey Anastasio's 'Shine'

SunnComm MediaMax software:

» List of CDs affected and possibly affected by MediaMax
» A Quicktime movie slideshow of variations of Sunncomm MediaMax software labeling on CDs [.MOV, 1M]
» Pictures of variations of Sunncomm MediaMax software labeling on CDs

Compact Discs with the SunnComm MediaMax software are harder to spot, but can be identified by a wide variety of means. See our Slideshow. Most commonly, you will see a "Compatible with" disclosure box on the bottom of the back of the CD (see images below). From what we have seen so far, only discs with MediaMax version 5 have this disclosure box. Along with compatibility information, the box also includes a URL where you can get help. The wording

"? www.sunncomm.com/support/sonybmg; README.HTML"

lets you know that SunnComm MediaMax is on this disc.

However, a number of SunnComm MediaMax CDs use different methods notably stickers on the front and, less helpfully, fine print on the back. These are generally MediaMax version 3, but at least one, "Defined" by Amici Forever, contains SunnComm MediaMax Version 5 and the URL but does not have the black and white "Compatible with" table noted above.

We have compiled a list of possible SunnComm MediaMax CDs. Some we were able to examine at local stores, while others stem from

MediaMax
affected CD

MediaMAx
affected CD