This is such big news that I can’t just lazy blog it in del.icio.us:
Apple and EMI are going to be selling tracks without DRM in the iTunes Music Store beginning in May. Here’s what we know:
- Tracks will be 256 kbps AAC (buy a bigger iPod)
- They will cost $1.29 per track
- Album prices will remain the same (Music industry gets what it wants – full album sales)
- If you’ve already purchased an EMI artist in the Fairplay DRM, you can purchase the non-DRM version for 30 cents per track
- Steve Jobs says that he expects 50% of of all their tracks sold this year to be without DRM
We’ll hash this out on this week’s episode of ODM. Stay tuned.