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Apple allows album-level iTunes Plus upgrades

updated 11:00 am EST, Thu January 29, 2009

iTunes Plus album upgrades

Apple has introduced album-level upgrade options for iTunes music libraries, experimentation shows. When users previously attempted to upgrade tracks bought at the iTunes Store to the DRM-free iTunes Plus format, they were presented with only two options: single-track upgrades, or conversion of all protected files. Users can now choose the intermediate album step, though there appears to be no special discount over upgrading tracks individually.

The convenience is still considered significant however in light of Apple's progression towards going completely DRM-free. The majority of tracks at the iTunes Store have had their restrictions lifted, and Apple's stated goal is to have most or all tracks available in Plus format by the end of the first quarter. Lifting DRM enables music owners to copy tracks freely between computers and non-Apple music players.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Chris Paveglio

    Joined: Dec 1969


    by track

    Now I wish they could do it by track.... some tracks I like more than others

  1. resuna

    Joined: Dec 1969


    You can...

    At least it shows the option to upgrade single tracks now. I think that's the real news... you don't have to upgrade all 1000 tracks at once.

  1. jayparry

    Joined: Dec 1969



    it doesnt seem to work for me yet... if you click buy you are presented with two options... either to re-buy the album at full price, or be sent to the screen you are on, the itunes plus upgrade screen....

  1. malax

    Joined: Dec 1969



    As reported on other sites, the upgrade pricing doesn't work if you use the shopping cart. So you have to switch to one-click purchases to get the 30c price. And people are reporting instances of getting charged the full purchase price. So unless you really really need to strip the DRM ASAP, it might be a good idea to wait a little longer until the kinks are ironed out (or proven not to exist).

  1. chromos

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Only one option

    The story above is wrong -- previously there was only one option: Buy them All. Even though single tracks were listed, you couldn't convert them singly. It was all or nothing.

  1. mjtomlin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Only one option

    That's correct. And it also forced you to upgrade tracks you didn't even have anymore, which was a complaint I sent to Apple. Apparently iTunes uses your purchase history to determine what's available for upgrading and unfortunately, it had a few albums i've since thrown out. However, in order to upgrade the rest of my songs, i'd also have to pay to upgrade those as well.

    Thank gawd, that's over. And it's good that Apple listened.

  1. resuna

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'm up-to-date anyway.

    I've been upgrading to iTunes Plus as new tracks become available anyway, so all I had on offer was three tracks from Kikujiro and I wanted them all. :)

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