[Offtopic] digital music
stephen at melbpc.org.au
stephen at melbpc.org.au
Wed Jan 7 23:11:50 EST 2009
Hi Roland, and all
Yes, being able to copy music we buy is a good thing .. good alround :)
> 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!
> Regards Roland
> 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
> >> music business, Apple said Tuesday that it would remove anticopying
> >> restrictions on all of the songs in its popular iTunes Store and
> >> record companies to set a range of prices for them.
> >> Beginning this week, three of the four major music labels Sony
> >> Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group will
> >> selling music through iTunes without digital rights management
> >> 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
> >> leverage, agreed to a longstanding demand of the music labels and
> >> 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
> >> while the biggest hits and newest songs will go for $1.29. Others
> >> are moderately popular will remain at 99 cents.
> >> The music companies are hoping that their eagerly awaited compromise
> >> Apple will give a lift to digital downloads. They will be able to
> >> more money on their best-selling songs and increase the appeal of
> >> ones.
> >> And with the copying restrictions removed, people will be able to
> >> shift the songs they buy on iTunes among computers, phones and other
> >> digital devices.
> >> Technologically sophisticated fans of digital music complain that
> >> imposes unfair restrictions on what they can do with the tracks they
> >> 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,
> >> 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
> >> reimporting the music into the iTunes software, although this reduces
> >> sound quality somewhat .. Apple reported the changes in iTunes at
> >> keynote presentation at the annual Macworld conference ..
> >> --
> >> Cheers people
> >> Stephen Loosley
> >> Victoria, Australia
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> > Roland Gesthuizen - ICT Coordinator - Westall Secondary College
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> > "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can
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> > --Margaret Mead
> Roland Gesthuizen - ICT Coordinator - Westall Secondary College
> "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can
> change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has."
> --Margaret Mead
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