Further to my rant yesterday about digital rights management, my friend Mark tells me that getting around the Coldplay X&Y copy protection is easy --- just rip it on a Mac. He's right, at least for me: Works like a dream, after no joy at all on two ThinkPads.
This may not be true with all copies of the CD. I bought mine in Hong Kong in 2005, although it appears to be imported from Europe. A piece on ConsumerAffairs says the "CD's restrictions also prevent it from being played or copied on Macintosh PCs." Some folk reported problems playing it on their Macs.
Hopefully this idiocy will not last much longer. Boing Boing reported a couple of weeks ago that EMI was apparently ending copy protection on new CDs, although I've not seen anything since. If this is true, I suggest we all send our Coldplay and other copy protected CDs back to EMI and demand copies without DRM on them.