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Universal Music Group to Offer DRM-Free Music

Discussion in 'News' started by zekrahminator, Aug 13, 2007.

  1. zekrahminator

    zekrahminator McLovin

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    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".


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  2. Wayward

    Wayward New Member

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    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?
  3. WarEagleAU

    WarEagleAU Bird of Prey

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    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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