Changes in Apple Music Downloads: DRM and Pricing

January 8, 2009

The topic du jour among Microsoft business clients of Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans is news of Apple’s price restructuring and elimination of Digital Rights Management (DRM) from eight million songs in its catalog.  Apple’s new pricing scheme will allegedly happen in April. The Wall Street Journal reports this welcome piece of news in Wednesday’s edition.

Apple’s DRM makes it difficult or impossible for iTunes customers to play songs purchased from the iTunes store on any devices (i.e. Microsoft’s Zune, Sandisk, and most mp3 players) other than the iPod or iPhone. Apple also announced current users can pay $0.30 a song to upgrade previously purchased songs from their iTunes library to a DRM-free version.

News of the $0.30 charge to upgrade previously purchased music was met with an uproar of laughter at one place of business.  The snickering clients apparently download their vast music libraries from P2P (peer-to-peer) networks and newsgroups, free of any charges.  Some may contend Apple’s upgrade charge is a slap in the face to honest users who originally paid $0.99 per song.

Many contend competition and changes in the digital music market are the cause of the Apple restructuring.  What do you think?  Where do you acquire your digital music?  Will the proposed changes by Apple inspire you to run to their online store for music downloads?

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service

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