PureTracks.com to go DRM free - tipping the balance? [updated]

With all the recent hubbub about DRM and downloadable Music tracks it has perhaps comes across as purely rhetoric by a lot of the record labels.

Some people have called into question Steve Jobs' motives over the whole 'Thoughts on Music' letter as being simply a smokescreen to deflect the grumblings within various European companies.

Whatever your opinion on the matter there is some positive movements happening within the Music download industry, money being put where their mouth is so to speak.

PureTracks.

iPodObserver.com reports that Puretracks.com has announced the removal of DRM from their music files, starting with the Independent labels and adding more DRM-free tracks as time goes on.

Interestingly PureTracks previously used Windows DRM for their files which means the tracks would have been in Windows Media Audio format files, this move indicates that it will make use of pure MP3 format files as PureTracks have indicated that the will work on iPods. It does appear there will be a mix of both DRM'ed and DRM-free tracks available depending on the Record Label's preference.

If PureTracks can mix it up, why not iTunes?

I'm playing devils advocate here I guess but I'm wondering if there's no way that the iTunes Store couldn't offer a mix of track types? My original thought is that Apple would prefer to keep the user experience simple, so offering some tracks with DRM and some without would be a bit confusing for the user. However, John Gruber of DaringFireball.net wrote an interesting article "Would Apple Mix DRM and Non-DRM Music at the iTunes Store?" which has some interesting points. Maybe there's scope for a mixture after all?

Update: A couple of interesting links...

Rick Moynihan left a comment pointing to an article by Cory Doctorow regarding Steve Job's call for removal of DRM from music tracks. I also came across an interesting article on the LA Times website which gives another interesting perspective on the call for removal of DRM, both definitely worth reading.

~Rick


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Originally published on 2007-02-23 19:01:15 by Rick Curran

Last edited on 2007-02-24 14:39:09 by Rick Curran

Permalink: http://suburbia.org.uk/blog/2007/02/23/190115.html

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Left by Rick moynihan on 2007-02-24 08:27:24 #

there's an article by cory doctorow on salon.com about apple's drm position:

http://www.salon.com/tech/feature/2007/02/23/itunes/print.html

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