EMI Trying Out DRM-free Music Files
December 9, 2006 12:49 AM
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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!
12/11/2006 4:45:20 AM
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).
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