Yes and no. More simply put, no. Apple is starting to open up its catalogue to the greater suggestion of DRM free music, but at this time, it is still doing the “the old song and dance.” So even with new editions like Paul McCartney, or old classics like New Edition in a way you still have to pay. Don’t you, google it and see what i mean… HERE
Music arrives with a 25-30 per cent price hike.
Apple has started shipping songs without digital rights management (DRM) technology.
The music can be found in the new iTunes Plus store and is limited to songs offered by the EMI record label.
Apple chief executive Steve Jobs however predicted that more labels would follow.
“We expect more than half of the songs on iTunes will be offered in iTunes Plus versions by the end of this year,” Jobs said in a statement.
With the launch of iTunes Plus, Apple is making good on its April promise to start offering the DRM-free tracks by May. The music is 25 to 30 per cent more expensive than songs with DRM at $1.29 for US buyers and 99p in the UK. Users can upgrade previous iTunes purchases their existing song libraries at a fee of $0.30 or 20p per song.
(Source: Tom Sanders in California, vnunet.com, 30 May 2007)