No Beatles on iTunes
So, there are probably plenty of people excited about the joint Apple-EMI announcement in London this morning -- that Apple's iTunes will begin selling songs that are not burdened with digital-rights management (DRM) restrictions.
The DRM-free tracks will cost $1.29. You can still buy EMI tracks with DRM for $.99. EMI says the non-DRM tracks will sound better.
Also, the DRM-free tracks will let consumers play the songs on more devices and copy more freely.
Still, it's not the announcement that many music fans were probably hoping for when word came out of a big London presser between Apple and EMI -- home label of the Beatles.
The Beatles remain probably the biggest, most conspicuous hole in the legitimate online music world.
EMI and Apple said they are working to get the Beatles catalog online, saying, essentially, "We Can Work It Out."
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