EMI kills DRM – for a price

We've pinched ourselves til our arms are bleeding, and no, we're not dreaming: Apple and EMI head honchos, Steve Jobs and Eric Nicoli, have just annou

We've pinched ourselves til our arms are bleeding, and no, we're not dreaming: Apple and EMI head honchos, Steve Jobs and Eric Nicoli, have just announced that the music label's entire catalogue will be available DRM-free from May.The news, announced at a press conference in central London this afternoon, heralds a new era for digital downloaders long infuriated by tracks being locked to their 'pods.The new 'premium' service will be debuted by iTunes and will also offer increased quality – 256kbps instead of the usual 128kbps AAC tracks – but also incurs a price increase to 99p per track. It's expected, however, that downloading whole premium albums will see no hike in pricing.And what's this? Jobs has also let slip that he reckons that over half of the iTunes catalogue will be DRM-free by the end of the year – so it looks as if he expects other labels to follow suit – yaay.Click on over to our Live blog for a blow-by-blow account of the momentous occasion.Do you think it's a rip-off? Have your say over on our forum and you could win a Nikon camera for the best post.