iTunes got rid of DRM!

In STT on April 8, 2009 at 12:20 pm

Exciting news for iPod owners and thus iTunes users.
DRM went away on
the biggest music store in America this week!

… and you get to pay more for it … yeah???  Well, this is all new for iTunes and may take a while to sort the pricing out, but DRM-free music and variable pricing will be a good thing in the long run for the consumer (and librarians and library patrons).  And should be a good thing for other online music stores too as consumers start to realize they can actually shop around for digital music before they buy.  There are already other digital music stores like eMusic and Amazon MP3 downloads that work with iPods (Windows or Mac) and it’s well worth a quick price comparison before you plunk down your 69¢ or $1.29.  And I just discovered a neat little add-on price-comparison called Advantageous mp3 for Mac OS X, FREE, but Mac only.  There are sure to be more nifty little price-comparison widgets and gadgets for all your digital music needs.

In the music world we’re seeing DRM fade away and some very interesting new models spring up from the artists themselves, three of the most famous examples are listed below:

So maybe this will lead to more vendor choices for libraries and in turn, easier access to digital media for patrons.  We’ve seen Overdrive offer MP3 versions of audiobooks which enables them to work on iPods and many other devices including cell phones.  So that’s a start!

Or maybe it’s not all such good news … see my next post.

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