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Finally I Can Get Behind Digital Music

Thank you, EMI, the first of what will become many record labels to begin selling (via iTunes) their music online at 256kbps in AAC format without DRM. Individual songs will cost $1.29, but albums will still be the same price. I'm very excited about this. Suddenly, all those single songs I own because the entire album sucks will be legit. I still won't buy full albums this way, because digital libraries are still lame to me, but I'm tempted to, just to support this new model.

DRM is about to die a slow, painful death.

Edit: Reading the official Apple press release, it appears they are planning on phasing out DRM completely. Here is the excerpt:
"We are going to give iTunes customers a choice—the current versions of our songs for the same 99 cent price, or new DRM-free versions of the same songs with even higher audio quality and the security of interoperability for just 30 cents more," said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. "We think our customers are going to love this, and we expect to offer more than half of the songs on iTunes in DRM-free versions by the end of this year."


Apr. 2nd, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
I might care about the free song giveaways, too. I got the download of the week for a while, but even at FREE I couldn't stand the DRM and low bitrate issues. I hope they start giving out songs on Pepsi bottles again. Hell, I might even consider an iTunes gift card a viable gift now lol.

I wonder if the single of the week is an EMI band they'll give the 256k one?

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