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Universal tries out DRM free downloads

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 10 Aug 2007 6:28 User comments (5)

Universal tries out DRM free downloads Universal Music Group, the world's largest music label, has said it will temporarily allow the sale of thousands of its albums and tracks DRM-free.
Universal plans to make titles from artists like Amy Winehouse, the Black Eyed Peas, and 50 Cent available without DRM, starting later this month and running until January 2008.

They say their intention is to find out whether piracy via P2P networks increases as a result of removing the DRM. Files will be released with a watermark that identifies them, but not the purchaser of the song.

Earlier in the year, much smaller rival EMI began making its entire music catalog available in a DRM free format.

Source: The Register

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5 user comments

110.8.2007 9:26

Another small step in the right direction! I'm getting more optimistic every day. I knew if EMI was successul with their experiment, the others would have to follow. Let's hope this limited MG experiment encourages them to open-up their entire UMG catalog permanently!

210.8.2007 15:32

No DRM, $1 per song, and 320kbps compression (not 128kbps like itunes has on their DRMed songs) = perfect

310.8.2007 21:52

Originally posted by AXT:
No DRM, $1 per song, and 320kbps compression (not 128kbps like itunes has on their DRMed songs) = perfect

A dollar a song may seem "perfect" to you, but to ME it is still HIGHWAY ROBBERY!

Sorry, but until I see songs getting sensible about prices... I will understand why a lot of people turn to free.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 11 Aug 2007 @ 0:20

411.8.2007 5:43

Good for Universal.....but yes, $1/0.50p a song is still too expensive.

But at least it's a start (and with decent quality too).

517.8.2007 18:04

Two things need to occur before consumers start to purchase CD's again DRM needs to be left off the CD's and the price of the CD needs to drop as well.

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