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Apple, Emi Announce Drm-free Music Downloads


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#1 Mr Alpha

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 10:06 AM

Apple, EMI Announce DRM-free Music Downloads

Over 50% of iTunes music to be DRM-free by year's end according to Steve Jobs.

iTunes users will be able to purchase unprotected AAC format music files at 256 kbps (current music files are encoded at 128 kbps) for $1.29 a track in May from iTunes. Complete albums will also be available DRM-free, but will not feature higher price tags. Customers who have already purchased DRM-enabled music tracks from iTunes will be able to upgrade to the higher-quality, DRM-free versions for $0.30 per track. Tracks which still feature DRM will continue to be made available at $0.99 each.

The increase in quality in itself is almost worth the extra 30 cents.
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#2 nigglesnush85

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 10:46 AM

Its about time, I still cant believe it, there must be some type of catch.
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Posted 02 April 2007 - 01:52 PM

Just incase any of you haven't known this yet, but they (the industry) have been spiking music and movie files with adware and spyware in them. Actually, that's old news, but the reason for doing this is going to be more spam on your computer.. just wait and see.

They have been testing and using this method for a few years now, and what is going to happen is that when you download from sources like itunes,.. etc,, your media is going to have encoding inside the headers and you'll be served with more spam.

If iTunes is going to be doing this, then all will follow, which would mean that the RIAA/MPAA would eventually be dismantled, which I doubt.

This is most likely part of their elaborate scheme. I know what they've been doing to the music/movies for the past few years, and it just seems like they're offering another approach into monitoring what you download, and at the same time, serve you a bundle of adware and such.

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 10:32 PM

Never got adware from itunes even though I have only bought two songs only because I was registered when I got 32 free songs.

I dont want to have to burn it to a cd before sending MY songs to MY IPOD KILLER mp3 player.

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 10:54 PM

Amen finally Legal downloaded music you can do something with

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