iTunes Drops Digital Locks

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Apple announced Tuesday, at the MacWorld Expo, changes to the iTunes store that many though were inevitable: the end of digital locks known as DRM. The technology restricted consumers' ability to copy music to multiple devices and was viewed by major record labels as a way to protect copyright and reduce elligal file sharing.

Apple has been a hold out on the DRM approach to music sales - several other companies, including Amazon and Rhapsody, had already negotiated DRM-free deals with the majors.

As part of the changes, Apple has also announced that labels will be able to set a price point for track sales at $0.69, or $1.29, in addition to the usual $0.99 price that Apple has ardently stuck to over the past few years.

Read more at the Wired Blog and Globe and Mail.


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