DRM Free Music coming to iTunes

I just read this news bulletin:


EMI is to announce that it will sell “significant amounts of its catalogue without anticopying software”, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal this morning.

I’m sure I’m not the first to blog about this, but there might be some out there who haven’t heard the glad tidings yet. This is what has been keeping me from buying music on iTunes, mainly because the DRM-ed music doesn’t play on my two Squeezeboxes and it is via those that a lot of my music at home is consumed. I would prefer a higher bitrate than is currently available, but getting rid of the DRM is probably enough to draw me in and change my ways. This could be the beginning of the big labels realising that DRM ultimately hurts nobody but themselves. About time too!