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Monday, 02 April, 2007

DRM-Free Music
(with comments)

This press release is dated 2-April, so it might be real: EMI Music launches DRM-free superior sound quality downloads across its entire digital repertoire.

EMI Music today announced that it is launching new premium downloads for retail on a global basis, making all of its digital repertoire available at a much higher sound quality than existing downloads and free of digital rights management (DRM) restrictions.

The new higher quality DRM-free music will complement EMI's existing range of standard DRM-protected downloads already available.

Apparently, you pay an extra $0.30 per track if you want the DRM-free version ($1.29 vs. $0.99). So, in some cases you will be paying more than for the same CD.

eMusic is still the best deal out there.

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  1. By Sheldon. Comment posted 02-Apr-2007 @08:55am:
    Sounds like an april fools prank?
  2. By garrett. Comment posted 02-Apr-2007 @01:21pm:
    Interesting and surprising news. The pricing is way too steep, but at least it's a step in the right direction. You're right, though: eMusic's still a MUCH better deal - I pay about $0.23 per song under the plan I'm on... iTunes tracks are more than five times the price.
  3. By riks. Comment posted 02-Apr-2007 @05:16pm:
    but emusic doesn't have everything
  4. By garrett. Comment posted 03-Apr-2007 @12:47pm:
    True enough. As long as ALL the labels get on board with this, it'll be a good way to get non-DRMed downloads of the major label stuff eMusic doesn't have (and the stuff you can't find at a used CD store or half.com or something).
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