In a useless new ruling that will change nothing, you can no longer legally rip CDs and DVDs for personal use in the UK. Ladies and gents, welcome back to 2002.
Remember back in 2005, when you used to buy CDs? Maybe you still do, say, when you go out to a show to support a band. Then, like most other human beings in the modern world, you come home, copy the music to your computer, and shelve the archaic optical disk forever.
Apple's offering of $0.99 ringtones was just the latest effort for the recording industry to sell you a smaller version of songs you already own in order to use them on your phones. Following up that announcement, two record companies have just announced Ringles, which is essentially a CD with 3 singles, a ringtone…