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EMI Music to Become DRM-Free on Monday?

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The BBC is reporting that EMI is having a media event on Monday, with Steve Jobs appearing as a special guest.

Many people are saying this means the Beatles will finally sell their songs on the iTunes Music Store. However, I don’t think that warrants Steve Jobs flying to England to appear at a media event.

No, I think that EMI is going to start selling all its songs DRM free on the iTunes Store. Maybe the Beatles will sell their songs on the iTunes Store also, but I think the real news will be that EMI songs will not have any DRM.

For those who don’t know, Steve Jobs published an essay in February called Thoughts on Music. He talked about how DRM is hurting the industry, and called on record labels to offer their music DRM-free.

Once EMI eliminates DRM, the door will be opened for the rest of the record labels to do the same. Of course, the independent labels are probably itching to do this already, so, my Monday morning, a large percentage of the music on the iTunes Store could very well be DRM free.

11 Responses to “EMI Music to Become DRM-Free on Monday?”

  1. This is what I see happen thank you for posting this cause I highy agree with you I know it is going to be more than beatles on itunes I just know it is.

  2. Well, seems the WSJ agrees with you:

    Though your premise that this is ‘too big’ of an event for just a Beatles-release, though… Meh. The media invites was issued just a day before the event, and Apple has been dead silent about it (and not just to be coy and stirr up rumors).

    I’d say they are trying to say “don’t expect too much”. I think they learned from the “Showtime”-disappointment of yesteryear…

    DRM-removal? Maybe.

    Beatles? 50/50.

    iPhone-downloads at .99? Probably not. (That’d come at an Apple-event…)

  3. Intriguing. If Apple offers EMI content on iTunes DRM-free, I wonder if Apple will make changes to iTunes in order to differentiate content that is DRMed from that which is not. Jobs is famous for not compromising on user experience.

    It would be great if Apple and EMI take this step. I could see it causing an immediate ripple effect throughout the industry.

  4. sunshwr

    Gah! Now you got me all excited. If this happens I’ll probably be a iTS customer at last. I will be really really disappointed tomorrow if there is only Beatles news tomorrow, Mr. Holmes!