iTunes goes DRM-free

There was little in the way of shiny new toys, but at least MacWorld brought some momentous software news - Apple has announced that the  iTunes

There was little in the way of shiny new toys, but at least MacWorld brought some momentous software news - Apple has announced that the  iTunes store will be completely DRM-free by Spring.

As of today, 8 million songs on iTunes are completely without DRM shackles, and all 10 million songs will lose copy protection by the end of March.

That wasn't quite the end of the iTunes news either. The iTunes Plus section will also apparently be much higher quality and, perhaps best of all, the iPhone will now be able to download from Apple's music store over 3G rather than just Wi-Fi.

There'll also be some new prices on iTunes, with older songs going down to 69 cents in the US, which will probably translate to 69p in the UK.

So 2009 is shaping up to be a good year for downloading music - a DRM-free iTunes store, and the UK launch of Amazon's long-awaited MP3 store. Will you be downloading more from iTunes now that it's turning DRM free, or using other music stores? Let us know what you think in our comments section below.

Update:

Check out the new iTunes (and hardware) pricing, and of course Tom Dunmore's Macworld blog and his first impressions of Apple iLife 09