iTunes Drops DRM Adds Variable Pricing

by admin April 7, 2009 at 7:26 pm

As expected and talked about previously, Apple’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 Apple’s FairPlay DRM and are now encoded in ACC format at a higher bit rate. The good news is that you’ll be able to swap songs around on multiple devices.

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