Monday, August 13th 2007

Universal Music Group to Offer DRM-Free Music

EMI tested the idea of DRM (Digital Rights Management software) free music by offering their DRM-free music to Apple's iTunes Plus store and Microsoft's Zune store a few months ago. Finally, other music groups are following suit. Industry giant Universal Music Group is planning to offer an unknown amount of their vast library to Real's Rhapsody, Wal-Mart, Amazon, and even Google. However, they are not offering any DRM-free music to Apple's iTunes Plus store at this point. We will start seeing these restriction-free tracks in January 2008, if all goes well. In January, Universal will closely monitor sales, increases in piracy, and other factors before "going all in".

Source: EnGadget
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2 Comments on Universal Music Group to Offer DRM-Free Music

#1
Wayward
I'd say this will serve to decrease piracy, at least a little. I'm sure there is a substantial group of people, sick of DRM, pushed to piracy. The question is, now that they've tasted free music, will they come back?
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WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
well most piracy isnt about DRM or what have you. Its about over charging for music and software, etc. At least thats their general ethos.
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