SanDisk Releases $20 slotMusic Player, Dozens of SD Card Albums

SanDisk's grand plan to revolutionize the music industry: selling individual albums preloaded onto SD cards, made by them, to be played on SD card players, made by them. The concept »10/15/08 6:56am10/15/08 6:56am is definitely attractive in some ways. The tracks are 320Kbps, DRM-free MP3 files, the SD cards are reusable and the screenless slotMusic…

Sandisk Replaces CDs With SlotMusic MicroSDs With Big-Name MP3 Albums Aboard

Sandisk's slotMusic cards are not much more than tweaked 1GB microSD cards with a logo and a special USB-compatible sled: but the fact that they'll carry albums from big names like BMI Music, Sony BMG, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group makes them interesting. They'll also be DRM free too, which is a… »9/22/08 3:56am9/22/08 3:56am

Verizon Gets Rhapsody Subscriptions, DRM-Free Downloads

Verizon customers with certain VCAST phones have some new options for buying music, thanks to Rhapsody. First off, the $15 per month, all-the-songs-you-can-guzzle subscription service is offered on LG's Decoy and Dare, Moto's W755 and Samsung's SCH-u550, Glyde, and Juke, and will be available for the Chocolate 3 when… »6/30/08 12:01am6/30/08 12:01am

Rhapsody Opens DRM-Free Music Store, First 100,000 Albums Free

Rhapsody, known for its subscription music service, just opened a DRM-free MP3 store. The MP3s are encoded in 256kpbs CBR, and run $.99 per track and $9.99 per album. Shoppers can preview 25 full-length tracks a month from the standard 5 million song catalog, which is extra sweet if you ask us. To kick things off, the… »6/30/08 12:01am6/30/08 12:01am

Amazon Officially First To Drop Major DRM: Sony the Fourth and Final Big Label Onboard

Click to viewLess than a week after it came out Sony BMG was planning to sell music not loaded down with copyright protection, they're officially selling DRM-free MP3s through Amazon's MP3 store later this month, making it the first store to carry DRM-free music from all four major labels. UPDATE: Regarding the lack… »1/10/08 4:30pm1/10/08 4:30pm

Amazon Now Selling MP3s from Warner; 2.9 Million DRM-Free Tracks Now Available

Amazon just kicked a certain Cupertino-based company where it counts, scoring DRM-free MP3s from Warner Music Group that you can buy today. This leaves out only the big S, Sony, which is always the last to cave in when the topic is reduced content protection. By contrast, Apple, which helped usher in the DRM-free… »12/27/07 9:16am12/27/07 9:16am

Universal Plans Total Music Anti-iTunes Initiative With Free All-You-Can-Eat Music

Not only is Universal not signing multi-year contracts with Apple, it is now creating a service to confront iTunes and nurture iPod competitors like the Zune. Called Total Music, it may include Universal, Sony BMG and Warner—75% of music sold in the US—and would offer a twist on the traditional download and… »10/12/07 11:46am10/12/07 11:46am

Amazon's DRM-Free MP3 Store Likely to Launch Mid-September

Amazon will probably launch its DRM-free music store in the next few weeks, according to sources in the New York Post, joining Wal-Mart and others in posing the first real threat to the iTunes Music hegemony. As Ars and others have reported, Amazon honcho Jeff Bezos adopted an MP3-only strategy so that the music… »8/31/07 11:17am8/31/07 11:17am