Currently the majority of music available to purchase on iTunes is DRM protected. Apple have created a technology called ‘FairPlay’ which is built in to iTunes, QuickTime, iPod, iPhone, etc and prevents music purchased in the iTunes Store from being played on unauthorized computers and devices. However 9to5Mac believe Sony BMG are soon to begin […]
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Sony BMG to Offer DRM-Free Music on iTunes

Currently the majority of music available to purchase on iTunes is DRM protected. Apple have created a technology called ‘FairPlay’ which is built in to iTunes, QuickTime, iPod, iPhone, etc and prevents music purchased in the iTunes Store from being played on unauthorized computers and devices.

However 9to5Mac believe Sony BMG are soon to begin offering music in the ‘iTunes Plus’ format, which is of a higher quality and DRM-free. iTunes first started selling the ‘Plus’ format with music from EMI in May 2007 and any music purchased in this format should be compatible with any of your devices.

If the rumor is true, it will leave Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group as the only major labels not to offer DRM-free music through the iTunes Store. It is believed the new agreement with Sony BMG will be announced at the Macworld Expo in January 2009.

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