“The deal announced today between Apple and EMI to sell unprotected digital songs on iTunes for $1.29 isn’t a deal. It’s a 30% piracy tax, substantially more than the 3% tax levied on blank digital audio recording media in the United States,” Thomas Claburn writes for InformationWeek.
“Never mind that Jobs is right and DRM should go. Charging a third more under the pretense of higher fidelity and greater freedom is just a rip-off,” Claburn writes.
Claburn writes, “It’s not clear how Apple will price its DRM-free albums. They’re $9.99 with DRM. Apple may decide that DRM-free music will be available only on a per-song basis, but let’s say the company offers complete albums for $12.99.”
“Don’t get me wrong. Jobs and EMI deserve praise for taking this step. But I’ll stick to ripping DRM-free CDs when I want music for my iPod, at least until the price is right,” Claburn writes.
Full article here.
Thirty seconds. That’s how long it took us to find, link to, and excerpt EMI’s press release which clearly states, “Complete albums from EMI Music artists purchased on the iTunes Store will automatically be sold at the higher sound quality and DRM-free, with no change in the price.”
Claburn the genius is going to stick with spending likely more for CDs than Apple’s iTunes Store charges for high-quality 256 kbps AAC encoded DRM-free albums because he can’t take thirty seconds to properly investigate and understand what’s really being offered by Apple and EMI.
Tom Smith, Editor In Chief, Online:
[UPDATE: 4/4, 4:30pm EDT: Claburn has revised his article with various strikethroughs and the statement, “As has been pointed out, EMI says DRM-free albums will be available for $9.99. That’s reasonable.”]
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