AAPL Stock: 118.25 ( -0.63 )

Printed from

EMI close to selling unprotected music?

updated 08:35 am EST, Fri February 9, 2007

EMI Close to DRM-Free

EMI Group is on the verge of licensing its catalog without any copy protection, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. Multiple anonymous sources have told the paper that EMI is currently asking for proposals from multiple online stores that would see the label receive an advance in exchange for the right to sell songs without DRM. A final decision is likely to depend on how enticing the offers themselves will be and could be made as soon as Friday, the sources said. EMI spokeswoman Jeanne Meyer declined to comment on speculation.

If completed, the deal would become a landmark decision in digital music, represnting the first time a major label released more than a handful of songs in MP3 or otherwise unguarded file formats. The potential also exists for a schism in the industry, as Warner Music's staunch opposition to the idea makes it unlikely that the entirety of the major labels will follow suit.

It's currently unclear as to what degree EMI's talks were affected by the open letter by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, which suggested that DRM-free music was the only true solution to interoperability between devices and music stores.

by MacNN Staff




Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Ultimate Ears Megaboom Bluetooth Speaker

Ultimate Ears (now owned by Logitech) has found great success in the marketplace with its "Boom" series of Bluetooth speakers, a mod ...

Kinivo URBN Premium Bluetooth Headphones

We love music, and we're willing to bet that you do, too. If you're like us, you probably spend a good portion of your time wearing ...

Jamstik+ MIDI Controller

For a long time the MIDI world has been dominated by keyboard-inspired controllers. Times are changing however, and we are slowly star ...


Most Commented