iTunes Plus opens for DRM-free business

As promised by Steve Jobs, the iTunes Music Store is now offering every EMI track as lovely DRM-free AAC on iTunes Plus.The entire back catalogue is t

As promised by Steve Jobs, the iTunes Music Store is now offering every EMI track as lovely DRM-free AAC on iTunes Plus.The entire back catalogue is there plus every new release, available in near lossless 256kbps AAC and without any pesky digital rights management attached. The premium is 20p extra compared to the 128kbps DRM version, and you can upgrade your existing EMI tracks and albums with one click.Unlike Amazon, they'll be in AAC rather than MP3 so aren't compatible with all players, but most phones and MP3 spinners will drink from the AAC cup – with the notable exception of Creative's new Stone.With the DRM lifted, there are no more pointless restrictions on how many PCs you can have your tracks stored or players you can transfer them to – just as long as Coldplay, Joss Stone, old Frank Sinatra and the rest of the EMI crew are your musical bag.Look for any Sony BMG, Universal or Warner artists on iTunes and you'll only find them offered in the lower quality 79p format, still zipped up in their DRM jackets. One down, Apple, three to go.

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