Beginning today, all four major music labels—Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, Warner Music Group and EMI, along with thousands of independent labels, are now offering their music in iTunes Plus, Apple’s DRM-free format with higher-quality 256 kbps AAC encoding for audio quality virtually indistinguishable from the original recordings. iTunes customers can also choose to download their favorite songs from the world’s largest music catalog directly onto their iPhone 3G over their 3G network just as they do with Wi-Fi today, for the same price as downloading to their computer
Distributing DRM-free music is the way to go. With DRM-free music, the trouble of copying music to non-DRM compatible hardware is a big plus. There is one more great news. Most of the songs on iTunes are now priced at $0.69 rather than $1.29.
But, wait! What about the songs that are already in not DRM-free? For that, the Apple is charging a modest 30 cents per song or 30% of the album price. This means that you will still end up paying a lot in the end to make your existing music collection DRM-free.