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iTunes Store Goes DRM-free

Apple's iTunes Store completed the transition to all DRM-free music on Tuesday. The change over means that music purchased at the online media store will play on the iPod as well as any other AAC format-compatible player, and today also ushers in Apple's new variable pricing structure for songs.

Songs at the iTunes Store will now be available on a sliding pricing scale at US$0.69, $0.99, or $1.29 each. All tracks are now also encoded at 256kbps, or iTunes Plus, which should translate into better audio quality compared to the 128kbps most tracks had been encoded at since the music store first launched.

Apple is offering an upgrade option for customers that want iTunes Plus versions of songs they have already purchased. Songs in your library that are eligible for iTunes Plus upgrade will be listed in the Upgrade to iTunes Plus option, which is available in the Quick Links list at the iTunes Store.

 

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AppleIIGuy said:

If tunes is DRM free now then why don’t I have a upgrade offer for the 162 songs in my library that are still protected?

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gopher said:

Blame the music industry.  Complain to the music industry execs who won’t release their DRM requirements for specific albums.

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whoops said:

You messed up on the title there.  The iTunes Store is NOT DRM-Free.  Only its music tracks.  As part of the deal Apple now has MORE STRICT RESTRICTIONS on TV & Movies.  Apple also completely caved on variable pricing.  If you want to upgrade your DRM music tracks, you’ll have to pay Apple more money for that: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1711

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