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 10:05:19 PM
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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