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iTunes to be DRM free (EMI only)

Steve Jobs Audio Announcement Part 1: Part 2: Announcement from TUAW EMI songs be DRM free, but they will also be available at twice the bitrate of other songs on iTunes. There is a catch though, single DRM free tracks will cost $1.29 with DRMed tracks of the same music (at a lower bitrate) still available for $.99. You will also be able to 'upgrade' EMI tracks you have already purchased for $.30 each. Albums will be DRM free, though they won't charge a premium (hence, most will cost $9.99) and all of EMI's music videos will drop the DRM but remain priced at $1.99. Jobs says the tracks will be available in May. by end of this calender year 50% of iTunes songs will be DRM free Entire album purchases will stay at the same price, but have the higher audio quality and will be DRM free.


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    Nice I'm glad that they are doing this now but they should drop the price of DRM music to something like $0.79 and have DRM free tracks at the original $0.99.
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    edited April 2007
    out of curiosity - for people who buy music, how many of you use electronic-only services such as iTMS?
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    I use Beatport or Bleep. They have legal lossless downloads without DRM from indie electronic music labels. I would never spend money for compressed MP3s. I'm too picky about sound quality.
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    I'll start using online services when I can buy stuff DRM free and lossless, so thanks for those gridface :)

    What's the betting it's like £1 in the UK (or just not available). I love how in America they reckon the exchange rate is $1 = £1 *sigh*
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