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My release of Daft Punk’s album Discovery contains a card (in ID-1 format):

DAFT CLUB

51… … … …
MEMBER PERSONAL ACCESS CODE

EXPIRATION 12/…       www.daftcard.com

The domain daftcard.com seems to be grabbed by someone else now.

The linked Wikipedia article only says:

Early versions of the album included a "Daft Club" membership card. The card included a code which granted access to an online music service, which featured tracks later released on the album of the same name [Daft Club] and Alive 1997.

What exactly could you do with the card’s code on daftcard.com?

Which tracks did it feature? For streaming and/or for download?
Anything else? Maybe background information? Or a community forum?

  • It was one of the first CD's to feature a free digital copy of the CD. – Richard Oct 11 '18 at 16:03
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You can see various incarnations of the site on archive.org, e.g one of the later captures: http://web.archive.org/web/20021201095533/www.daftclub.com/index.php

Clicking on the links there, the tracks available were:

 FACE TO FACE 
 face to fate mix by demon 6.41 MB 

 CRESCENDOLLS 
 laidback luke remix - 4.75 MB 

 HARDER,BETTER,FASTER,STRONGER 
 neptunes instrumental - 4.33 MB 

 HARDER,BETTER,FASTER,STRONGER 
 jess & crabbe remix - 4.83 MB 

 HARDER,BETTER,FASTER,STRONGER 
 accapella - 2.30 MB 

 HARDER,BETTER,FASTER,STRONGER 
 instrumental - 3.14 MB 

 DIGITAL LOVE 
 club edit (boris dlugosch) - 6.08 MB 

 AERODYNAMIC 
 slum village remix - 3.09 MB 

 DAFT LIVE 
 45 mn concert - 38.9 MB 

 PHOENIX 
 basement jaxx remix - 6.61 MB 

 AERODYNAMIC SPECIAL 
 one more time/aerodynamic- 5.07 MB 

 ONE MORE TIME 
 unplugged accapella - 2.87 MB 

 OUVERTURE 
 2.16 MB 

It seems that most of these are also available on the Daft Club CD you mentioned.

Looking at other dates on archive.org (e.g. http://web.archive.org/web/20010428034106/http://www.daftcard.com/), it seems like there was initially some custom software available for PC, which used Intertrust DRM. Later on it says "The tracks can be played on Mac's and PC's using any standard player", so it seems they gave up on the DRM.

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    Nice, thanks :) Interestingly, they advised Mac users, which couldn’t install the DRM software, to check file sharing sites: "For your information, we have been told that the new Daft Punk track "Ouverture" is already available as a MP3 file on many popular sharing file sites, such as Napster and Macster, accessible with a Mac." – unor May 17 '15 at 14:26

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