And about time, EMI leads the way and the others will follow given time.
DRM-Free Songs from EMI Available on iTunes for $1.29 in May
CUPERTINO, Californiaâ€”April 2, 2007â€”AppleÂ® today announced that EMI Musicâ€™s entire digital catalog of music will be available for purchase DRM-free (without digital rights management) from the iTunesÂ® Store (www.itunes.com) worldwide in May. DRM-free tracks from EMI will be offered at higher quality 256 kbps AAC encoding, resulting in audio quality indistinguishable from the original recording, for just $1.29 per song. In addition, iTunes customers will be able to easily upgrade their entire library of all previously purchased EMI content to the higher quality DRM-free versions for just 30 cents a song. iTunes will continue to offer its entire catalog, currently over five million songs, in the same versions as todayâ€”128 kbps AAC encoding with DRMâ€”at the same price of 99 cents per song, alongside DRM-free higher quality versions when available.