iTunes to Offer DRM-Free Music Downloads
It seems like when Steve Jobs speaks, people listen. EMI Group announced today it will begin selling DRM-free tracks and albums on Apple’s iTunes Store. Even more exciting, the songs will be available in a variety of bit rates, including CD-quality.
DRM stands for digital rights management, software that blocks music from playing on unauthorized devices, or from being copied. Apple’s DRM, called FairPlay, has been singled out lately because it restricts music purchased form iTunes to be played on iPods and computers only.
“By providing DRM-free downloads, we aim to address the lack of interoperability which is frustrating for many music fans,” said Eric Nicoli, CEO of EMI Group in a release Monday. “We believe that offering consumers the opportunity to buy higher quality tracks and listen to them on the device or platform of their choice will boost sales of digital music.”