Please note: This article has been classified as a rumor. Information presented may be inaccurate.
Since EMI and Apple launched iTunes Plus in 2007 there have been several rumors regarding higher quality, DRM free music from the other major record labels (Warner, Sony & Universal). Now a French technology site is predicting that iTunes will finally ditch Fairplay (the iTunes copy-protection system) tomorrow. This will open the door for many potential iTunes customers to put music downloaded from the site onto third-party MP3 players, instead of being restricted to using Apple’s iPods and iPhone.
Major record labels have been reluctant to embrace DRM-free music (for obvious reasons). In an attempt to decrease Apple’s market share of the online music store industry, “the Big 4” have released DRM-free music to alternative online stores such as Amazon and Telstra’s BigPond store.
However, Greg Sandoval of CNET claims that the rumor is inaccurate, and while major record labels have been in negotiations for several months, nothing is finalized and there will certainly be no DRM announcement tomorrow.
We’ll have more details as they come to hand. – r.