iTunes Drops DRM Adds Variable Pricing
As expected and talked about previously, AppleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s iTunes has dropped the dreaded Digital Rights Managment (DRM) and added variable pricing to the iTunes store. There are now a range of prices ranging from $.69 a song up to $1.29. Of course the $1.29 price tag is for songs deemed hot and in demand, while the $.69 are for those deemed, well, not so hot and not so in demand. Of course there are still a slew of songs available for the familiar $.99. The New York Times Bits Blog has a good run down on how the pricing structure works.
All of the songs have been stripped of AppleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s FairPlay DRM and are now encoded in ACC format at a higher bit rate. The good news is that youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be able to swap songs around on multiple devices.
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