Steve’s Media Blog

iTunes To Go DRM-Free?

Posted on: January 6, 2009

iTunes Store

iTunes Store

According to Lifehacker, this could very well be the case.  Here’s the short version:

In exchange for the DRM-free tracks, Apple will reportedly allow labels to push three tiers of pricing. Older songs from the archives will likely get cheaper than 99 cents, songs that are newer and “midline” (i.e. not big hits) will inhabit the familiar 99 cent mark, and newer, bigger hits will fetch higher, unnamed dollar amounts.

Sounds good to me; I use iTunes every now and then, and while the DRM aspect is not my biggest concern (I own an iPod Touch), it is always nice to be able to convert the files to mp3.  Also, cheaper prices is fantastic news.

No official word on this yet, and I haven’t seen anything about whether the DRM-free iTunes Store will be retro-active to previously-purchased music.


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