Record labels looking to ditch DRM?


— 10:00 AM on February 5, 2007

After a long love affair, record labels and digital rights management may be about to break up, according to The Inquirer. Several labels released music in MP3 format via Yahoo! Music as an experiment last year, and The Inq says the labels have now decided to release more DRM-free MP3 tracks. Music industry executives made the announcement at the Music 2.0 conference in Los Angeles, California, where "a lot of speakers" reportedly stated that "the time has come to either drop the DRM completely, or enable complete interoperability between various devices and services."

Indeed, the downloadable music market is now split three ways with the iTunes Store, the Zune Marketplace, and PlaysForSure-compatible services like Yahoo! Music, which all require different devices. eMusic, which offers DRM-free MP3 music that works with any music player, held the distant number two spot behind iTunes last year.

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