Damn you, Indecision!

No DRM for EMI

I know this is old news, but I happened upon a list of artists signed to EMI on Wikipedia (via a links sidebar on 43 Folders).  Looking through the list, I see a ton of music groups that I really like, including:

  • Beastie Boys
  • Erasure
  • Goldfrapp
  • Hikaru Utada
  • The Chemical Brothers

The individual tracks will cost USD $.30 more, at $1.29, but if you buy whole albums, the prices will stay the same, starting at $9.99.  These DRM-free AAC tracks will also be at a higher bitrate that is supposedly CD quality, so that is an added incentive to buy the DRM-free versions.  Don’t worry about the tracks being in AAC.  I assume this means that iTunes will not prevent you from converting those AAC tracks to mp3 directly (it’s an option under the Advanced menu) for use on other players, if you don’t already have a player that supports un-DRMed AAC.  iPods aren’t the only players to support this format; Google is your friend. 🙂

iTunes will still sell the $.99 DRMed tracks for the buyers who care more about the price than lack of DRM and higher bitrate.  It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out for EMI.  Personally, I think it will net them a lot more sales.  I hope indie artists are able to take advantage of this pricing structure and sell their music directly through iTunes, cutting out the greedy middlemen (read: RIAA).

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