August 9, 2007 9:10 AM PDT

Universal Music will sell songs without copy protection

The move is seen by many to be part of the industry's wider push to increase competition to iTunes and shift leverage away from Apple.
The New York Times

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Insuring failure
How do you insure that a program to sell unprotected songs fails?
Simple, make sure that you don't sell through the #1 online store
in the world.

Result: Universal will declare that selling unprotected doesn't work.
Posted by m.meister (278 comments )
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will it fail....because you wont use another service to buy music and then put it on your Ipod?

DRM free music bought from Walmart will work on any Ipod.

Arrogance. Sad.
Posted by Maclover1 (440 comments )
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Boycotting everything Universal
@#$! you, Universal, for penalizing the consumer in your petty little
play to spite Apple.
It's probably nothing more than a gesture, but me and the small
knot of people I call friends have decided that we're going to
boycott everything UMG publishes.
Buh bye!
Posted by GGGlen (491 comments )
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UMG sucks and WE WIN! RIAA can shove it!
I still pay for a service as it's nice to have it organized in that way. Rhapsody!

No freebie server is going to support that much music stereaming for free.

IT's SAAS all the way!!!
Posted by Blito (436 comments )
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Too little too late. Screw music industry. Buy used CD's
The music industry is like a subprime loan.
Posted by bobby_brady (765 comments )
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Makes me glad...
I pirated a copy of one of their artists CD the other day :-D
Posted by gsmiller88 (624 comments )
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RIAA Members and Apple
A while back, the members of RIAA asked Steve Jobs to charge more money for each song sold through itunes and Steve Jobs flat out said, "NO!". I think that pissed them off a bit, so now they are offering DRM Free music through other outlets so they can try to pull more users away from Itunes and their .99c pricing structure and more toward other vendors that will gladly sell tracks for $1.29 and above.

I think this is the reason why Jobs started providing DRM Free music through Itunes, so that non ipod owners can buy their music through itunes, but freely convert it to a usable form for their player.
Posted by thedreaming (573 comments )
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The songs WILL be in MP3 format, by the way...
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