EMI, Apple Give DRM-Free Music a Go

by admin April 2, 2007 at 12:05 pm

EMI today announced it will make its digital music catalog available to online retailers without digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. Apple, the first retailer to sign up, said it will begin selling EMI’s catalog DRM-free from the iTunes Store in May.

The DRM-free tracks, which will go for $1.29 on iTunes, will also be sold with 256kbps AAC encoding, a higher quality than the 128kbps AAC encoding for 99 cent DRM-enabled iTunes tracks.

ITunes customers who already own EMI songs will be able to upgrade them to the higher quality DRM-free versions for 30 cents a song, according to statement. Apple also said that it will continue to offer its entire catalog in the same versions currently available.

Full article: internetnews.com