“All of the major record labels besides EMI have steered clear of iTunes Plus in what seems to be an effort to boost Amazon’s DRM-free, MP3-download store, along with other no-DRM outlets, and thereby ensure that Apple can’t have the music-download business to itself,” Rob Pegoraro blogs for The Washinton Post. “(That, however, still leaves numerous independent labels that sell their work without DRM on Amazon but do not do the same on iTunes.)”
“Either way, this leaves me stuck,” Pegoraro writes. “Why should I spend a dime on a DRM-locked, lower-fidelity iTunes track when–at some point–I’ll wind up spending another 30 cents to upgrade it to Plus? Why not wait until I can get a DRM-free, higher-fidelity copy at the same price?”
“As a result, I’ve only been buying iTunes Plus downloads from Apple. And with the limited selection of them, it may take me a long time to exhaust that $25 credit on my account,” Pegoraro writes.
“I feel like I’m in a tiny, cranky minority here; Apple says it’s now the biggest music retailer in the U.S., so it doesn’t seem to be hurting much. But what about the major record labels themselves? By holding out on Apple, they’re missing the chance to rake in money on iTunes Plus upgrades,” Pegoraro writes.
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