Deal or no deal: EMI and Apple's DRM-free premium music?
EMI Group soon will sell digital music with better sound quality and no digital rights management restrictions, through Apple's iTunes Store.
The world has been waiting for the Beatles to come to iTunes for a while, but if you were hoping that was the topic of today's press conference between EMI Group and Apple, sorry; there's still no Beatles on iTunes. But in May, EMI's entire music catalog will be available in premium DRM-free form. In case you're wondering, premium means higher quality music files--as well as a 30-cent price hike ($1.29 vs. $.99) per song--for the privilege of downloading music stripped of digital rights management.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs suggested that half of iTunes' music tracks will be available in both DRM-loaded and DRM-free form by the end of 2007. That's a good thing, but 30 cents extra still seems a little steep when you're competing with free pirated music. What do you think?
For a complete report on today's EMI/Apple deal, check out the full news.com story by intrepid craver Caroline McCarthy.