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iTunes songs are now DRM-free and will cost only 69 cents

Tuesday, January 6, 2009  |  1 comments
At Macworld Expo today, Apple's Phil Schiller announced that apple has signed agreements with all the major music labels to offer their music in a DRM-free format on the iTunes Store. Like prior iTunes Plus tracks, all music will now be sold in DRM-free, 256kbps AAC format. All free of burn limits and digital rights management (DRM). So iTunes Plus music will play on iPod, Apple TV, all Mac and Windows computers, and many other digital music players.
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Currently, 8 million tracks are available as DRM-free iTunes Plus songs, with 2 million more DRM-free songs slated to become available by the end of the quarter. That will make all of iTunes' 10 million tracks DRM-free, the largest music store library on Earth. Apple will also offer an easy upgrade for users to the new iTunes Plus tracks.

Apple also announced the new capacity for iPhone 3G users to download songs over the 3G mobile network, in addition to the WiFi downloads that were formerly the only way to access iTunes from the mobile. There is no extra charge for downloading tracks over the mobile network, as there is with some other services.

Starting in April 2009, studios will be able to release songs on iTunes at three different prices: 69 cents for back catalog tracks, 99 cents for standard songs, and $1.29 for new or popular releases. Apple has staunchly resisted multiple track prices in the past in order to keep music in iTunes priced simply and consistently. Music labels have just as stubbornly pushed for multiple pricing tiers.



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  • At January 8, 2009 at 12:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    omg, it is really a good news for us, i finally can put itunes songs to my mp3.
    i don't buy songs and video from itunes store often.
    because i have Aiseesoft iPod Movie Converter.
    i found it few monthes before and then i really don't need itunes store. it can convert all the popular formats to iPod video

    have a try here:
    here is also one for mac user:
    Aiseesoft iPod Video Converter for Mac
    get it here:

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