Wednesday, May 30th 2007

Apple Launches iTunes Plus DRM-Free Tracks

Apple today launched iTunes Plus — DRM free music tracks featuring high quality 256kbps AAC encoding for just $1.29 per song. Apple said that it will continue to offer its entire catalog, in the same versions as today — 128kbps AAC encoding with DRM — at the same price of 99 cents per song, alongside the higher quality iTunes Plus versions when available. In addition, iTunes customers can now easily upgrade their library of previously purchased EMI content to iTunes Plus tracks for just 30 cents a song and $3.00 for most albums. The iTunes Store features the world’s largest catalog with over five million songs, 350 television shows and over 500 movies. The iTunes Store has sold over 2.5 billion songs, 50 million TV shows and over two million movies, making it the world’s most popular online music, TV and movie store.Source: Apple
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4 Comments on Apple Launches iTunes Plus DRM-Free Tracks

so basically drm restricts you from being able to transfer/play itunes-bought songs on any music player aside from the iPod? Could anybody clarify exactly what drm is (i know it stands for the digital rights management)?
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DRM fuses the media to you, and usually offers only a limited amount of copying, etc. DRM-Free is basically like an mp3. No strings attached.

iTunes music is in Apple's proprietary format that many non-Apple players didn't right away support, and not that many do today. In addition, Apple's been sued over more or less "forcing" people to need an iPod to make the music portable. I think you can burn the songs a few times.

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cool, bittorrent released DRM-Free 256kbps mp3s years ago for a mear $0.00 per song
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Eric_Cartman said:
cool, bittorrent released DRM-Free 256kbps mp3s years ago for a mear $0.00 per song
Hurr hurr -- yeah but this is legal, for what it's worth.
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