Monday, April 02, 2007

Apple partners with EMI to remove DRM from iTunes tracks

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Apple is finally stepping up to remove DRM (Digital Rights Management) from its iTunes stronghold on music downloads and has EMI to thank for it.

EMI announced that it will begin offering its entire catalog free of DRM restrictions. iTunes will sell DRM-free tracks for $1.29 each in Apple's AAC format. All tracks will have higher bit rates and therefore better sound quality than current 99-cent downloads. But AAC-formatted songs might not easily be played on devices other than iPod, however, more retailers are expected to come out with DRM-free MP3 and WMA as well in an effort to catch up with iTunes. These developments will make songs compatible with almost any media player, making interoperability between virtually all devices a reality.

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