updated 09:10 pm EST, Mon January 5, 2009
iTunes flexible pricing
Apple has allegedly backed away from its strict pricing policies for iTunes songs, although the same negotiations could also mean that music from the big three labels could soon be DRM-free, according to CNET News. A source suggests that the tracks will fall into three pricing categories, including a higher-priced level for hit songs, which many media companies have pushed for. The shift could lead to higher profits for sales of popular singles.
DRM-free music is not new to the iTunes catalog, although the unprotected titles only account for a fraction of the overall content. Sony BMG, Universal and Warner Music have allegedly reversed from a refusal to step away from DRM, and have also agreed to allow songs to be sent over wireless networks to devices such as the iPhone.
The source suggests that Apple may announce more details at Macworld on Tuesday. The changes could affect current titles in addition to new music.