[Offtopic] digital music
rgesthuizen at gmail.com
Wed Jan 7 21:27:19 EST 2009
I probably have the smallest music collection that could probably fit
onto a USB key with a preference for listening instead to podcasts and
indi musicians. I might have a second look at buying iTunes music now
that the horrid DRM has gone. Onya Apple!
2009/1/7 Roland Gesthuizen <rgesthuizen at gmail.com>:
> Wow, this is big news! Timely too .. :-)
> 2009/1/7 <stephen at melbpc.org.au>:
>> Want to Copy iTunes Music? Go Ahead, Apple Says
>> By BRAD STONE www.nytimes.com Published: January 6, 2009
>> SAN FRANCISCO — In moves that will help shape the online future of the
>> music business, Apple said Tuesday that it would remove anticopying
>> restrictions on all of the songs in its popular iTunes Store and allow
>> record companies to set a range of prices for them.
>> Beginning this week, three of the four major music labels — Sony Music
>> Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group — will begin
>> selling music through iTunes without digital rights management software,
>> or D.R.M., which controls the copying and use of digital files. The
>> fourth, EMI, was already doing so.
>> In return, Apple, whose dominance in online music sales gives it powerful
>> leverage, agreed to a longstanding demand of the music labels and said it
>> would move away from its insistence on pricing all individual song
>> downloads on iTunes at 99 cents.
>> Instead, the majority of songs will drop to 69 cents beginning in April,
>> while the biggest hits and newest songs will go for $1.29. Others that
>> are moderately popular will remain at 99 cents.
>> The music companies are hoping that their eagerly awaited compromise with
>> Apple will give a lift to digital downloads. They will be able to make
>> more money on their best-selling songs and increase the appeal of older
>> And with the copying restrictions removed, people will be able to freely
>> shift the songs they buy on iTunes among computers, phones and other
>> digital devices.
>> Technologically sophisticated fans of digital music complain that D.R.M.
>> imposes unfair restrictions on what they can do with the tracks they have
>> bought ..
>> . Apple said customers would be able to pay a one-time fee to strip
>> copying restrictions from music they have already bought on iTunes, at 30
>> cents a song or 30 percent of the album price. ITunes customers can
>> achieve the same effect by burning all of their music to a CD and then
>> reimporting the music into the iTunes software, although this reduces
>> sound quality somewhat .. Apple reported the changes in iTunes at its
>> keynote presentation at the annual Macworld conference ..
>> Cheers people
>> Stephen Loosley
>> Victoria, Australia
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"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can
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