DRM-free music on iTunes from May *UPDATED*

Monday, 2 April 2007 at 20:18 3 comments


I was thinking of blogging this yesterday when i read it on iLounge (honest), but i didn’t believe it would go anywhere. Now everywhere is reporting about EMI‘s deal with Apple to sell higher quality, DRM-free music on iTunes. (This may be handy. It’s a list of artists on EMI’s books, and therefore should be affected by this change.)

First thing that struck me was price. Normal DRM-encoded music @ 128kbps = 79p, new DRM-free music @ 256kbps = 99p. I would say that the main reason for this revelation is money. I’m no audiophile, so i cannot really comment on the quality aspect. But they always used to go on about removing DRM to encourage people to buy digital, but adding price just seems like one step forward and two steps back. Jobs has been quoted as saying: “We are adding another product, priced higher, with more features, higher sound quality and hassle free interoperability… It’s not a price increase.”

*UPDATE* The EU are now probing why Britons are ripped off by iTunes.

At the end of the day it all boils to one thing. Experiment, if you please:

Daft Punk, one of the artists to be affected by the new decision. Buy their debut album Homework from iTunes @ 256kbps, DRM-free, purchased without leaving your computer = £7.99. A quick Froogle search and i have found a copy of Homework on CD, brand new, at the highest quality possible for consumers to buy which can be converted to any audio format, DRM-free, a physical product for you to keep including liner notes, a physical cd which acts as an immediate back up of the music, purchased without leaving your computer… £4.34. It’s no contest.

Another tip for people who have or are going to continue purchasing cheaper, DRM-encoded music. If you buy WMA, Google FairUseForWM. If you buy AAC, Google QTFairUse. That’s all i’m saying.

Check out stories from Q, iLounge and BBC News Website.

For more posts on iTunes use the yellow search box in the top right hand corner.


Entry filed under: Entertainment, In the News, Music, Technology.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. communicateit  |  Monday, 2 April 2007 at 20:56

    I’m glad to see the industry shifting in this direction. It seems that DRM Free will be the only viable option for the industry. I live/work in Nasvhille and I’m constantly amazed by my friends in the music business who are so busy complaining about piracy and fighting for the way it has always been that they don’t have time to innovate and shift their mentality to prepare for the inevitable changes ahead.

  • 2. Wicked Beggar  |  Tuesday, 3 April 2007 at 12:31

    Well as Job’s said in a BBC News interview, it’s going to take a few months to see if people are going to like this new move. So yeah, it really is an experiment of sorts. And if it becomes popular, it could become the norm.

    In the past; some experiments have become very popular. For instance: Ninento with the DS. They said it was an experiment, but it proved so popular that they churned out more and more, and even brought out a more aesthetically pleasing version: DS Lite.

    Anyway, that’s enough from me for today.

  • 3. Harry  |  Thursday, 5 April 2007 at 18:50

    What’s with the extra 20p? If people want to pirate music, they’re not about to pay for it. I doubt this rubbish will really take off, just p*ss people off instead.


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