Apple, EMI to Unleash DRM-Free Downloads for $1.29


Apple’s iTunes store will feature DRM-free downloads from EMI Music

The iTunes' usage restriction-free offerings from EMI will not include Beatles music yet, but will be at 256 kbps.

Apr. 05, 2007 — by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Apple announced earlier this week that EMI Music’s entire digital catalog of music—almost all of its artists except The Beatles, unfortunately—will be available for purchase DRM-free (without digital rights management) from the iTunes Store worldwide in May.

Along with the lack of usage restrictions as DRM-free tracks, the downloads from EMI will be offered at higher quality 256 kbps AAC encoding—double the bit rate of current iTunes downloads that are 128 kbps AAC encoding. Apple is charging 30 cents more, at $1.29 per song, for the better sounding, DRM-free tracks.

Additionally, iTunes customers can upgrade their previously purchased EMI content for 30 cents a song through a one-click option. EMI music videos will also be available in DRM-free format with no change in price, says Apple.

Popular artists on the EMI label include the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Coldplay and Norah Jones.

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