Apple and EMI announce deal to offer unprotected format on iTunes


There were rumors that the Beatles would be part of the Apple announcement.  Steve Job pulls something else out of his hat instead.  The agreement by EMI and Apple to offer DRM-Free (digital rights management-free) downloads is a big deal for music lovers.  The current AAC format protects the music from being copied and limits the file to the Apple iPod.  This new format would allow the user to copy as many backups for personal use as desired and play the files in non-iPod players if desired, too.  The cost would be $1.29 instead of the $.99 currently charged.  Read more here from Billboard:  EMI, Apple Team to Offer DRM-Free Music.  (More here:  Apple press release.)

Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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