Apple is on the move, and when it moves, we pay attention. 1. EMI to go DRM-free??? IF TRUE, and we'll find out Monday, THIS IS A GAME CHANGER.
Mashable writes "EMI announced on Sunday that it has an “exciting new digital offering,” for the media event to be held in London on Monday with Steve Jobs as a special guest, furthering speculation that that the Beatles may finally become available for download through iTunes, says Reuters."
"While the Beatles story has since been played down, it does seem that EMI has a big announcement to make - possibly, according to Engadget (via the Wall Street Journal, which seems to confirm the story), they will announce that EMI will allow DRM free tracks to be sold through iTunes."
That's right, no Digital Rights Management ("DRM").
That means NO COPY PROTECTION.
Music - freely available across all devices, players, etc. Music you could mix, remix, or whip into batter.
Mashable continues, "if true, the move would be extremely popular with consumers. And if the decision is declared a success, it could also lead to other labels following suit..." 2. Apple iTunes 'Complete My Album' feature allows users to credit individual (read: .99 cent) song purchases against the purchase of the complete album from which the song came. Makes sense. But then - didn't many of these songs get sold singly BECAUSE IT WAS THE ONLY GOOD SONG ON THE ALBUM? we'll be watching both...