Monday, April 02, 2007

DRM appears to be on its way out

Good news on the music front today.

After weeks of speculation, EMI announced that they will begin selling DRM-free copies of their music. And the first place the new higher-resolution songs will be available will be the ITunes Store.

I suspect this is the beginning of the end for DRM'ed music, but it's probably going to take awhile to trickle through the industry. And it's worth noting that lower-resolution versions of EMI's music (through single downloads) on the ITunes store will have DRM.

There's lots more to come on this issue, but following up on Steve Job's letter about DRM, it's clear that this issue is starting to go the right way for those of us that enjoy digital music.

Update: Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing also has this story, along with the most amazing string of links to other posts about it that I've seen in a blog post. Take a look!

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