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EMI to Offer DRM-free Music Downloads on iTunes

04-02-2007, 10:57 PM
As per TeamXbox:

EMI to Offer DRM-free Music Downloads on iTunes
By: CÚsar A. Berardini - "Cesar"
Apr. 2nd, 2007 7:27 am

The world's third-largest music label announced a deal that will allow Apple to sell the record company's songs online without DRM limits. The removal of copy protection technologies will allow interoperability of EMI's music on all devices and platforms because the tracks and albums will be offered without digital-rights management (DRM) software.

The announcement was made at EMI's headquarters in London, where Apple Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs took the stage along with EMI Group CEO Eric Nicoli explained the benefits of DRM-free downloads.

EMI also announced that the deal that allows Apple Inc. to sell the record company's songs online does not include The Beatles' catalog.

04-04-2007, 09:27 AM
What NOT mentioned above is the following:

1. they are encoded in a higher quality 256 bit AAC format (their claim is "twice as good" which may be debatable)

2. they cost more, tracks are 1.29 each, 30% more than the DRM versions

3. they will be available in both a DRM and a non-DRM version

4. there IS an option to pony up the 30 cents and get the non-DRM version IF you have already purchased the DRM version from them