EMI Removes DRM from Their Songs on iTunes

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  1. orenda635

    orenda635 Ancient Guru

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    A landmark day in the anti-DRM movement. EMI will start selling songs on iTunes, DRM and proprietary format free. Well, almost. EMI has relesed a new pricing scheme. Discount tracks will include DRM. They will retail at $0.99 US per track and will have a 128kb/s quality. "Premium" tracks will retail for $1.29 US. They will be DRM free and offer double the quality, at 256kb/s. If you elect to download an entire album, there are no price changes, however, all of EMI's digital albums will be DRM free and at 256kb/s.

    All of EMI's artists will be included, except for the Beatles. EMI acts as a distributor the Beatles but they do not own the music. The Beatles music is owned by Apple Corp. Apple Music has a rivalry with Apple Inc over the name of the company. Apple Music recently lost a court case against Apple Inc over it.

    Record companies are finally starting to see the benefits of selling singles online. There is also the case that CDs, sold without DRM, still account for most sales since personal use is unlimited. Pressure from the EU has also contributed over allegations of monopolies being created by proprietary formats which limit songs downloaded off iTunes to only play on iPods.
    Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, the two biggest titans of the computer world, have also come out recently against current DRM practices.

    The DRM free "Premium" tracks from EMI will go on sale in May 2007.

    Source: BBC
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6516189.stm

    My thoughts. Don't expect DRM free music downloaded off the internet to become the mainstream in the near future. EMI will continue to sell DRM laced music over iTunes. The fact that they are charging more is a clear indication that the music industry is still opposed to digital downloading, legal or not. An average CD contains roughly 14 tracks. Downloading these in the premium format would cost over $18 US. An average CD can cost $14-16. Therefore, buying the same album on CD is still cheaper, of higher quality, and DRM free as well. The new offerings at 256kb/s and right to unlimited personal use do bring them into line with CDs, but are not entirely worth the large price increase. The DRM free tracks offered on iTunes will cost 30% more than regular tracks.
     
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  2. InGen

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    DRM was never a good option and hopefully others will follow EMI.
     
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    Who the hell cares??? $1.29 US for a song?!? Thats total BS! May as well go out and purchase the damn CD for that much when you want to get all the songs on it. LCD's are coming down in price, CD players are coming down in price, DVD players are coming down in price so what the hell about song prices? A digital Downloaded song shouldn't cost no more than 50cents if that as there is no cost to making it and the total selling cost goes to nothing but pockets.
     
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    The record companies really hate selling singles. That's why they stopped producing them when 45s went out. (I wonder if anybody here knows what 45s are. lol) They can get more money for the entire album. That's why the price to buy the entire album over iTunes hasn't changed. RIAA has been pushing to increase the prices at iTunes for a long time. Apple has refused to on several occasions. EMI only got the increase for DRM free content because they hold some of the biggest bands in history, such as the Stones and the Beatles.

    It's also to say that they do have DRM free stuff. A little PR. In reality, they know most people will buy the cheaper, DRM laced stuff because, well... it's cheaper. :p
     

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    Yeah, you make one good song and whole bunch of ****ty ones and pack them on CD. If you want that 1 good song you have to buy all the crap that comes with it. Yey.
     
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    i care. $1.29 per song really isn't that much. I'd rather pay for a few songs i like, than to buy the whole cd, which you will then have to rip and encode to mp3 for your portable music player.

    you can't compare lcd and cd players to songs. the former is electronic tech, the latter is entertainment. For example, movie theater prices are going up too.....
     

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