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Jessica takes our breath away

Could it be that Jessica Simpson is leading the music world to a simpler place for online music purchases?

Jessica Simpson

Could it be that Jessica Simpson is leading the music world to a simpler place for online music purchases?

The pop star and reality TV actor announced this week that she'll be releasing her new song on Yahoo!'s music service as an MP3 file without any of that annoying copy protection software attached.

This will make legal downloads of Simpson's new song compatible with just about every digital player on the market, from an iPod, Sony PSP, iRiver and so on. Currently no other major player on the market can offer this flexibility as iTunes downloads can only work on certain players sanctioned by Apple, and other services using Windows DRM protection cannot be played on iPods. Confusing isn't it? Click here to view our previous guide for buying music online in Australia.

Let's hope the record companies are standing up and taking note of Simpson's stance.  I never thought I'd say this but we're rooting for her!