Apple Music Store Going DRM-Free

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by impossible, Jan 7, 2009.

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    impossible Guest

    "For the last six years, Apple has sold the vast majority of its music
    through iTunes for 99 cents with DRM. It has been a winning strategy so far,
    as Apple's iPods hold nearly 75% of the digital music market, and the iTunes
    store has become the largest seller of music in the United States.

    "But the music labels have bristled at the single price point, and some
    consumers felt the DRM was too restrictive. This potentially opened the door
    for digital music competitors like Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN).com, which sells
    DRM-free music for multiple prices.

    "But Schiller said starting today users can buy 8 million tracks without
    DRM. This DRM-free music comes from the four major labels, and multiple
    independent labels. By the end of the quarter, Apple said it will offer its
    whole catalog of music, 10 million tracks, for sale without DRM. "

    I wonder what excuse the pirates will use now for stealing music?
    impossible, Jan 7, 2009
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    EMB Guest

    Apple have priced the iTunes store at a such a high level as to
    encourage piracy.
    EMB, Jan 7, 2009
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    EMB Guest

    No.... it's far more efficient that the traditional music sales model
    yet the pricing is no different, therefore it's a ripoff.

    Most iTunes tracks are US99c. The average retail price of a CD in the
    US appears to be about US$13 (a quick online survey), and most CDs have
    about 13 tracks on them making the iTunes price comparable with the
    traditional music distribution method. With all the increased
    efficiency and reduced overheads of iTunes their pricing should be
    significantly lower.
    EMB, Jan 7, 2009
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    Richard Guest

    But you have increased usage in the license you get on itunes compared
    with a pressed CD - surely that makes up for the saving in distribution
    costs? Didnt think so...

    But theres more issues, with CDs when they are not new anymore, they
    become cheap at places like the warehouse etc - not happening in itunes...
    Richard, Jan 7, 2009
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    Richard Guest

    Yes it has, till now they have wanted the 99c only pricing to make it
    Richard, Jan 8, 2009
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    EMB Guest

    Youtube manage to do it without charging a cent.
    EMB, Jan 8, 2009
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