Paul McCartney Says Sayonara to DRM
MusicGiants' tracks are more expensive than those on other sites -- $1.29 each compared to $.99 for a regular track iTunes (though, to be fair, the iTunes Plus tracks cost $1.29 each, too). McCartney's new album is the world's first "HD download" sold without DRM, a luxury that makes it even costlier ($18.98 for the album).
But, the news of such an iconic artist dropping copy protection combined with EMI and Apple's joint abandonment of DRM for iTunes Plus bodes well for a future free of DRMs, which, in the end, simply annoy music buyers more than they actually protect copyrights.
- DRM-Free iTunes Tracks Contain User Info
- iTunes Plus Released
- Amazon to Sell Music Sans Copy Protection