RUMOR: Apple iTunes Store to go DRM-free starting Tuesday

“Apple is believed to be on the verge of an end-of-year push that would start by finally offering unprotected iTunes Store music from all major labels and would switch a special post-holiday campaign giving away music and videos to Europeans,” Aidan Malley reports for AppleInsider.

“A report from last week brought to AppleInsider’s attention by French technology site ElectronLibre asserts that it’s now “clear” Apple will spark new interest in its music store by removing DRM from tracks published by Sony, Universal and Warner on December 9th,” Malley reports.

“Talks between Apple and the remaining three labels may have been corroborated by a previous CNet story which also mentioned ongoing discussions that would let Apple switch to music without FairPlay restrictions,” Malley reports. “Shoppers themselves have also noticed songs briefly selling unprotected that weren’t either from EMI or independents.”

More in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “RadDoc” for the heads up.]


  1. I hope to see many more songs on my iTunes Plus “Upgrade My Library” list. I don’t care about DRM so much, since it’s basically seamless for me, but I’d like the 256 kbps files for all the favorites I’ve already purchased.

  2. 1. The labels had the chance to have Apple sell their DMR Free/256 songs at a higher price (like they wanted Apple to do) but they blew it by trying to undercut Apple with Apple’s so called competitors. Now it’s too late.

    2. So, what happens to my DRM songs that I already bought?

  3. To clarify by question above, what happens to my DRM songs if the same songs are available DRM Free/256 at the same 99¢? I hope they don’t want me to pay to upgrade to the same tracks/Albums that are being sold at the same price.

  4. Perhaps I will now feel better about spending the rest of the money from the iTunes gift cards. I really hate DRM, but I also dislike leaving money sitting in Apple’s account.

  5. Once the entire store is upgraded, the new DRM-free (iTunes Plus) files will all cost $0.99. That would make old, Fair-Play wrapped files valued at around $0.69, so those who own original files would have to pay, you guessed it, $0.30 to get the new ones.

    For now, we still don’t see any changes, at least not in the US iTunes store.

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