iTunes & EMI Drop DRM, Jack Up Prices

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Well, it looks like Steve Jobs was not just blowing soke when he ranted about dropping DRM. Sadly, it looks like dropping DRM will be used as an excuse to jack up prices as well, which kind of pisses me off.

I should not need to pay a 30-freaking-percent premium to be able to listen to my music on the device of my choice, even if it is at slightly higher (but still less than CD) quality. Imagine of Sony Music sold two versions of their CDs - a $14 version that only plays on a Sony CD player, and a $18.20 version that would play on any CD player?

At the same time I feel compelled to go ahead and start using iTunes to buy un-DRMed music that I can't obtain from emusic or legal outlets; I want to encourage un-DRMed music downloads. I really hate to encourage the pricing structure though - I am paying extra for them NOT to add DRM that they then have to support, and which does nothing to "protect" their music in the first place.

Ah well, one step at a time. I wonder if, when Apple extends the offer of un-DRMed music to other companies if they will also offer them the option of not increasing the price, or of simply not offering DRMed version at all?

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Where's my dopey bloggin? I come here to read about your trials and tribulations, but I am left without any reasonable updates. Gimme gimme gimme gimme!

I am, at the moment relatively trail and/or tribulation free. I mean life remains a blasted heath, devoid of any possible joy or fulfillment, but I have God of War 2 to keep me distracted.

I have been working on a new medical regime that, when ready, should mess with me *significantly*. I expect that to be entertaining, at least until I grow an extra head and am forced to call it off.

Anyway, who the hell are you? Is this my mom?

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