Well I wasn’t the first to break the news, but like many many more, I feel like I have to mention how big this really is. Todays news is that EMI will be releasing their ENTIRE music catalog sans DRM, starting May and with iTunes. Both music and music videos are covered. DRM free tracks will be twice the bitrate (256kbps), and price will be $1.29 / track. 128kbps tracks will still be available for $.99, but WITH DRM. Full albums as well as music videos will keep the old price, even if you opt for the DRM free version (so why wouldn’t you?).

I have to say I hoped for DRM free across the line. 128kbps is good enough for me, but getting rid of the DRM alone might be worth the extra $.30? I might also be buying more full albums…

It’s not perfect, but it’s a pretty darn big step in the right direction. This is a day that will be remembered.


2 Responses to “End of DRM: first step”  

  1. 1 Smaran

    Hey, found your blog via the trackback you sent my way.

    I completely agree that it’s a big step in the right direction. I would actually buy albums encoded in 256k online.

  2. 2 Andreas

    I think I’ll be buying albums too. Not so sure about single tracks however. Only time will tell I guess…


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