Tuesday, January 06, 2009

iTunes Finally Goes DRM Free

Many Apple fans out there have said this years MacWorld has been less than stellar. Apple hasn't come through with anything that has much "wow factor". However there is one piece of good new coming from MacWorld today, Apple announced three new pricing tiers for its iTunes digital music store. Tracks will sell for 69¢, 99¢, and $1.29 based on a demand-based pricing system.

In all Apple promises that by the end of this quarter, all 10 million iTunes songs will be DRM-free, and released at the higher-quality 256 kbps iTunes Plus bitrate. This new policy change applies to all four major music labels (Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, Warner Music Group, and EMI) as well as thousands of independent labels currently represented on iTunes.

Removal of the DRM copy protection is great news for consumers, you are no longer stuck with only making a couple copies of songs you have bought. You'll be able to copy the songs to as many different PCs or media devices of your choice.

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