Microsoft Hops on the DRM-free Bandwagon

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Microsoft, seeing all the good press Apple got for starting to sell DRM-free music in their store courtesy of EMI, has decided to do the same thing. In the near future, Zune owners will be able to buy songs from the Zune Marketplace in what we can only assume will be DRM-free WMA files.


There's no date or pricing set for when the big M is going to start doing this, but it will be interesting to see if they do the same higher bitrate/premium price baloney that Apple did or just replace the DRM'd versions with DRM-free versions and charge the same amount. In any case, it's pretty hot that the no-DRM movement actually has a bandwagon and major companies are actually jumping on it. Somebody pinch me!

CNET [via MobileMag]




I so agree with this. I find it ludicrous how the Zune itself wraps all content, even content you yourself could've made in a restrictive encoding that kills work that is assumed to be equally licensed.


I agree, though this is still a good step for Apple as well.