IBM and media company Spero Communications plan to offer a free, copy-protected CD featuring music from pop band Oasis. IBM said the CD will be distributed to 1.7 million readers of The (U.K.) Sunday Times this weekend. Recipients will be able to play tracks from Oasis' new album, "Heathen Chemistry," on their computer up to four times before the promotion ends July 31. The album goes on sale the following week.
The CD will be embedded with IBM's Electronic Media Management Systems (EMMS), which digitally protects music, video and other files. Using an embedded player, recipients of the Oasis CD will be able to register online and obtain a digital key that unlocks the songs. In April, IBMa new version of EMMS designed to digitally protect text, image, video PDF and Open-eBook files. The first version of the software, released , only handled music files.