Outstanding!I hadn't planned on writing another blog entry so soon, but this is just too good to resist.
Today, Apple and EMI announced that they will be selling DRM-Free versions of all of EMI's music catalog on iTunes, starting in May at a price of $1.29 per song. These new DRM-Free songs will also be encoded at 256kbps. This is twice the quality of the current iTunes recordings. What is interesting is that they will continue to sell DRM versions of all their songs at the current 99 cents price and at the current 128kbps encoding. This is a very interesting and quite clever move. If you want the cheapo version, you get DRM. If you pay a little more you get a MUCH higher quality version that will play anywhere! It will be very interesting to see what happens with this. I wouldn't be surprised if they start selling much more music and much more DRM-Free music! This looks like the first step in getting rid of DRM on iTunes. This will be a wonderful thing!
Another very interesting line in the Apple press release is that they say "we expect to offer more than half of the songs on iTunes in DRM-free versions by the end of this year." OVER HALF! That likely means that other music publishers besides EMI will be doing the same thing too! This is fantastic news. Due to the lack of DRM and the much higher quality, I expect a certain friend of mine, may start shopping at iTunes more (as will I). Once they go DRM-Free in May, I'm going to have to start seeing what kind of music EMI offers.