iTunes dropped all remaining DRM and launched variable pricing.

9 04 2009

Yesterday iTunes dropped all remaining DRM and launched variable pricing. As predicted, the major labels and some major distributed indies upped prices on hit product to $1.29.

Every song available on the iTunes Store is now high-quality music with 256-Kbps AAC encoding, making every song you download virtually indistinguishable from the original recording. iTunes Plus songs are all free of burn limits and digital rights management (DRM).

It´s about time that Apple sells music without DRM. But you better check with  Amazone and Walmart, because they will hold down prices and presumably are accepting much slimmer margins to offer lower prices than iTunes.

Hopefully there will be some money for those who create all this music.

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