Apple May Force DRM Out

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Aron Schatz
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May 31, 2007
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Wouldn't it be great if Apple's Music Store said no to DRM completely? Some people think that will be the case eventually. Hopefully they are correct.

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Apple on Wednesday began selling unprotected MP3s from record label EMI. Shoppers have the option to purchase either a 256kbps AAC-encoded DRM-free song for $1.29 via iTunes Plus, or the usual 128kbps AAC-encoded DRM version for 99 cents. The move is important on many levels. For the first time, consumers can play music from Apple's iTunes on digital players other than the iPod. For Apple, offering DRM-free songs could hand the company some credibility in dealings with European regulators, who want the company to open up iTunes to third-party hardware makers.

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