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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 8:00 am    Post subject: Apple to offer DRM-free music from EMI Reply with quote

Apple to offer DRM-free music from EMI
Monday, April 2, 2007
Posted by: Glenn

Apple today announced that EMI Music's entire digital catalog of music will be available for purchase DRM-free (without digital rights management) from the iTunes Store worldwide in May. DRM-free tracks from EMI will be offered at higher quality 256 kbps AAC encoding for $1.29 per song. In addition, iTunes customers will be able to easily upgrade their entire library of all previously purchased EMI content to the higher quality DRM-free versions for 30 cents a song. iTunes will continue to offer its entire catalog, currently over five million songs, in the same versions as today-128 kbps AAC encoding with DRM-at the same price of 99 cents per song, alongside DRM-free higher quality versions when available.



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No DRM = Good
AAC 256kbps = Good
$1.29 a song = Not that good Laughing

I guess this is a good start. At least we know Steve Jobs was serious when he released his manifesto the other week.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And thanks to Norway !
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

$1.29 a song seems a little steep, don't you think?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can see the rest of the record companies falling in line now, especially if they can get a 30% premium for the same files. I wonder what the difference in album pricing will be like?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

US pay: 1.29 USD
UK pay: 1.95 USD

MORE than a little steep, don't you think?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Christoph wrote:
US pay: 1.29 USD
UK pay: 1.95 USD

MORE than a little steep, don't you think?


How much does your typical new release CD cost at a retail store over there in the jolly UK?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It varies quite a lot, If you buy from a SuperMarket (the cheapest place) they range from £8 to £13 for a typical pop album that's in the chart, But most music shops or those with a music department sell at £11 to £16, which is a complete rip-off.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is a step in the right direction.

Now to stop suing people, living and dead.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

diulei wrote:
Now to stop suing people, living and dead.


It sounds like someone might be a little afraid of the RIAA here. Wink

I think this Apple/EMI deal is step in the right direction. It would be nice to see the other record companies follow their lead and get into a mini price war. That being said, DRM free songs (even at 256 Kbps) won't really change my buying habits. I tend to buy CDs and rip them on my own. The price at $1.29 a song isn't helping either. Let's be honest here, the record companies should be paying us to listen to some of that crap their pushing these days. Long live the 60's and 70's! Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ben_tex wrote:
No DRM = Good
AAC 256kbps = Good
$1.29 a song = Not that good Laughing


I agree.

If the additional $ goes towards bandwidth that's okay. However, I'm sure that isn't the case. A $ increase would be fine for a lossless version and bandwidth. The consumer shouldn't have to pay for no DRM.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bandit Bill wrote:
If the additional $ goes towards bandwidth that's okay. However, I'm sure that isn't the case. A $ increase would be fine for a lossless version and bandwidth. The consumer shouldn't have to pay for no DRM.


I guarantee that money ends up in the coffers of the record companies before it does the artists or Apple. I would say the extra (if any) bandwidth fees are going to come out of Apple's piece of the pie. And to be honest, that's probably fair. They are the reseller here.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Regarding iTunes store price differences between different countries, Europe is going at Apple !

http://news.com.com/E.U.+charges+Apple,+record+companies+on+iTunes+sales/2100-1027_3-6172679.html
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

devo wrote:
Let's be honest here, the record companies should be paying us to listen to some of that crap their pushing these days. Long live the 60's and 70's! Cool


Agreed. I won't be buying of this stuff coz it's too expensive. And I tend to get my music from friends, I have bought a CD in ages because they are far too costly. And anyway, I have THe Beatles discography which is the only EMI records I'm going to need for now!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JamesE wrote:
It varies quite a lot, If you buy from a SuperMarket (the cheapest place) they range from £8 to £13 for a typical pop album that's in the chart, But most music shops or those with a music department sell at £11 to £16, which is a complete rip-off.


Man, those prices are much higher too.
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