Tuesday, April 03, 2007

A LITTLE VICTORY IN THE DIGITAL MUSIC WARS

One of the major music corporations has decided to quit putting copy protection code in digital music it sells.

from All About Jazz:

Music group EMI yesterday scrapped copy protection on all its digital tracks in a move that was immediately hailed by Apple chief executive Steve Jobs as “the next big step forward in the digital music revolution”.

For the first time, downloads by artists including Robbie Williams, Coldplay and Joss Stone purchased from any online music store will be playable on any digital music player, including the market-leading iPod, with no restrictions on their use.

Music group EMI yesterday scrapped copy protection on all its digital tracks in a move that was immediately hailed by Apple chief executive Steve Jobs as “the next big step forward in the digital music revolution”.

For the first time, downloads by artists including Robbie Williams, Coldplay and Joss Stone purchased from any online music store will be playable on any digital music player, including the market-leading iPod, with no restrictions on their use.

Until now, owners of digital music players have been restricted to buying downloads from certain stores, depending on the make of their device and the sort of copy protection it could handle.

Now owners of devices other than the iPod can buy songs from the iTunes music store, and the tracks will be available with higher quality sound. Conversely, iPod owners will be able to choose from a wider range of stores.

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