EMI going DRM-free

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  1. KidDynamite

    KidDynamite don't know nothing Veteran

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    EMI Music just announced in conjunction with Steve Jobs that they're going DRM-free with their online music sales. Not only that, but they're offering higher bit rates too! It sounds like they're offering various bit rates that you can choose from up to CD quality, although that part isn't clear yet. The presentation is still in progress in London.

    Single DRM-free songs at higher bit rates will be $1.29 on iTunes. Full album prices will stay the same. Now that's really, really cool. Kudos to EMI on this.

    http://www.appleinsider.com/article.php?id=2623
    http://www.engadget.com/2007/04/02/emi-music-on-itunes-now-drm-free/
     
  2. flamepanther

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    Wow. Someone finally gets it. Congratulations to EMI on figuring out what people want instead of digging their nails into the past.
     
  3. llamatron

    llamatron Shut up, Nigel. TFW2005 Supporter

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    Wow. Good move.
     
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    Applaudes. The sooner they do away with DRM, the sooner I'll embrace major studio downloads.
     
  5. McBradders

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    They're also allowing you to upgrade your older EMI tracks from iTunes to DRM free for a small fee.
     
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    good news.
     
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    awesome...hopefully other companies follow suit.
     
  8. agravlin

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    What are the benefits of DRM-free?
     
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    It doesn't put restrictions on using it on different devices or with different software.
     
  10. McBradders

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    Apple are teh awesumz!
     
  11. agravlin

    agravlin Bearer of Reason

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    Does it make it possible to copy/burn/share the song without restrictions?
     
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    Yes, if you're talking about technological restrictions. The legal restrictions on sharing still apply, but there's no software mechanism to stop you.
     
  13. Greyryder

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    Deffinite step in the right direction. Now, they just need to get it on a non proprietary delivery system. I still have no desire to install I-tunes.
     
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    True that.
     
  15. agravlin

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    That's unfortunate - that they think people have the values not to illegally exploit the lack of protection. People aren't that good. Prices will just continue to rise and companies will have to continue trying different protections and regulations as long as there's nothing protecting people from their own lack of morality
     
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    Prices will continue to rise as companies try different DRM based protection because everyone will stop buying from those companies. Perhaps we should have random police inspections to make sure people aren't being immoral with their music.
     
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    People who want to pirate music over the Internet are already doing it. It's all out there, ripped from CDs, with no technological restrictions on it. The lawsuits don't seem to be reducing the problem. The only people who are going to buy MP3s over the Internet are people who want to own them legally. Those people are very unlikely to turn around and start pirating the music they went out of their way to pay for. On the other hand, DRM technology prevents several perfectly legal uses for legitimately purchased music. Many people won't buy a crippled product, and would even turn to piracy as an alternative or a protest. Even if they don't intend to use it in a way that DRM would prevent, there's a feeling of "Big Brother" about it that turns a lot of people off, so they avoid it. Therefore, as ironic as it may be, ending DRM protection may actually decrease piracy. EMI is wise to finally realize this.
     
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    Sony/BMG and a couple of other labels are waiting on the results of this to see if it interests them, I really hope it's a success.

    Although don't count on Universal jumping on board, the guy in charge of that company is a fucking douchebag.
     

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