Sunday, April 1, 2007

Apple Offers DRM-free Music Downloads -- 256 kbps Quality

EMI Music's entire digital catalog of music will be available for purchase DRM-free (without digital rights management) from Apple's iTunes Store starting next month. The DRM-free tracks from EMI will be offered at higher quality 256 kbps AAC encoding and will cost $1.29 per song.

In addition, iTunes customers will be able to upgrade their entire library of all previously purchased EMI content to the higher quality DRM-free versions for just 30 cents a song.

Apple said that iTunes will continue to offer its entire catalog, currently over five million songs, in the same versions as today -- 128 kbps AAC encoding with DRM -- at the same price of 99 cents per song, alongside DRM-free higher quality versions when available.

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