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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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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. :)


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