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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

The end of DRM?

We can only hope that this report is a harbinger of common sense returning to the recording industry. (Well, ok, maybe it's more accurate to say it's being forced on the industry. But still.)

EMI Group has agreed to take the digital locks off songs it sells through the Apple iTunes store ... But there will be a premium price for songs sold without copying restrictions...

Songs with digital rights management (DRM) software that prevents copying from one player to another will continue to sell for 99 cents, while those without the DRM software will cost $1.29.

DRM software prevents songs downloaded from the iTunes store being transferred to digital players ... Consumer rights groups have opposed DRM software on downloaded songs because consumers have traditionally had the right to copy songs they have paid for once. ...

Some analysts suggest that lifting the software restrictions could boost sales of online music, which currently account for about 10 per cent of global music sales.

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