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.