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EMI is the latest record label to offer users music files without DRM

In a move aimed at pleasing users, EMI Music has announced that it is offering music tracks through the Yahoo! Music service with no restrictive digital rights management (DRM) technology. EMI is offering tracks from Norah Jones and Relient K for $0.99 through Yahoo! Music. 

Several other record companies have also tested out the market for DRM-free music files.  Sony released a Jessica Simpson song over the summer with no DRM, and Disney offered Jesse McCartney's latest album with no restrictions.  Independent record labels, however, have been much faster to adapt to offering content with no playback restrictions.

Music companies are trying to test out the waters to see if there is a high enough demand for music files that are able to be played on any digital music player on the market.  In fact, some officials have gone as far as to claim that record labels should all attempt to offer DRM-free content to users.

While any drastic notions of all songs being DRM-free is still a longshot, progress is being made.  "They're still looking at it as an experiment by the labels have come a long way in terms of wanting to see how this works for them," said Carrie Davis, a Yahoo spokesman.


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Yeah, but it's not in the format I want!
By Kuroyama on 12/9/2006 9:25:59 PM , Rating: 1
Well, if it spreads then all those pirates who try to justify their theft will need a different excuse. I think the two main points of contention are "I don't want DRM" and "It's not in the format I want", but somehow I have the sneaking suspicion that even if both conditions are met that these people aren't going to steal any less.




RE: Yeah, but it's not in the format I want!
By Vertigo101 on 12/10/2006 12:04:53 AM , Rating: 2
I think people would be happy with most any lossless format, provided they can buy it a track at a time.

But you are right: the people who don't want to buy music won't.


By Ringold on 12/10/2006 11:13:14 PM , Rating: 2
What, DRM-free lossless, you say?

I was under the impression all these sites were cheap on the bandwidth and offered 128kbps or similarly low bitrate.

What the hells the problem then? Wrong format, no DRM, make it in to .ape or whatever else one wants!

If the experiment expands to include some more people I like, I guess I'm out of excuses. 'The Man' wins. :)


RE: Yeah, but it's not in the format I want!
By smitty3268 on 12/10/2006 1:09:59 AM , Rating: 5
Agreed - the people who steal are still going to steal, and the people who buy music are still going to buy. Which kind of makes the whole DRM thing pointless and hopefully the music companies will see it is just a waste of their money.


RE: Yeah, but it's not in the format I want!
By sbanjac on 12/10/2006 4:28:03 AM , Rating: 2
You know what comes to my mind? I don't listen to a lot of music, so i dont buy it. But i think to my self: if the music were to be cheaper a lot more people would buy it. Why does an singer deserves to be payed 100x as an PhD? That ain't right if you ask me. What makes them so much worth? If they lower the prices so that everyone earns a good salary, it can be more than the sallaries of a professor at the university or a PhD in any field, but at max 5x. They just make to much money.


By Brainonska511 on 12/10/2006 6:40:09 PM , Rating: 3
You should remember that MOST bands make jack sh!t off of record sales. Most of the money from records goes into the big label studio pockets. Artists make more money off of touring. The only time artists make any real money off of CDs is if they are REALLY big or if they are signed to an independent label (but with that, they wouldn't be selling too many CDs).


By glennpratt on 12/10/2006 6:56:42 PM , Rating: 3
Very few artists make that much.


By dgouldin on 12/11/2006 9:42:51 AM , Rating: 2
Such a completely uninformed statement. Learn a little bit about the profession you're bashing before you open your mouth.


By Oregonian2 on 12/11/2006 4:02:48 PM , Rating: 2
I read a book about how the music business works (written for people who might like to get into it). Artists usually make very little from recordings with most all of the money going to the big companies. Massively so. About the only artist who actually gets a fair shake is he or her who writes the music. Writer maintains a cut as dictated by law (not that tremendous of a percentage, but something not insignificant).

That's undoubtedly why the record companies are now trying to negotiate that writer-payment down. That way they can have it ALL to themselves.


By Gooberslot on 12/10/2006 7:13:59 PM , Rating: 2
Wrong. If this takes off I'll finally be able to start buying music again. So that's one person who will stop pirating (although I currently do very little) and start buying.


By mindless1 on 12/11/2006 4:45:20 AM , Rating: 2
You seem to be leaving out one important group- those who are annoyed at the lawsuits and limitations so they aren't buying, but aren't illegally infringing either.

New or past lost customer profits are additional $ they'd make that they wouldn't have otherwise. Once they cut out the lawsuits and offer very high quality downloads instead of the lower bitrate mutilated music, they will reach a member of the aforementioned group (me).


By Locutus465 on 12/11/2006 10:05:19 PM , Rating: 2
Ummm... I think cost is a major factor here... $20.00 per CD is too much, especially since the record companies then turn around and stick it to the artists by continuing to charge them between 15 and 20% for breakage (not sure on the specific number but it is on the order of)... I think between $10 and $15 (for a really hot artist) is quite a bit more in line... (and I know for a fact they would continue to make obscene amounts of money).


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