Apple is removing DRM from iTunesJanuary 6, 2009
It’s official – Apple announced today that it will no longer use digital rights management on songs from iTunes, taking effect before the end of the quarter. This goes hand-in-hand with a change in the pricing structure, with song prices ranging from 69 cents to $1.29. In case you’ve ever wondered why z=z only linked to eMusic, Beatport, and Amazon – this was why. I still listen to CDs that I bought twenty years ago, and Apple had no interest in making sure I can do this with their protected songs – why should they care, after all, since I’ve already paid them? So I’m delighted to see Apple take this move away from the dark side.
Reuters article: link
(thanks to Scott for the heads-up!)
[trivia note: Propellerheads’ “Take California” was the first song used to advertise the iPod, way back in 2001.]