Friday, January 04, 2008

2008: Already Turning Out to be a Good Year for Music Consumers

Ding, dong, the witch is dead! It looks like the remaining two major labels made great New Year's Resolutions and have already delivered by offering (at least some) of their catalogs available sans DRM (for a la carte purchases - subscription services is another creature).

Sony BMG Plans to Drop DRM: "In a move that would mark the end of a digital music era, Sony BMG Music Entertainment is finalizing plans to sell songs without the copyright protection software that has long restricted the use of music downloaded from the Internet, has learned. Sony BMG, a joint venture of Sony (SNE) and Bertelsmann, will make at least part of its collection available without so-called digital rights management, or DRM, software some time in the first quarter, according to people familiar with the matter.

Sony BMG would become the last of the top four music labels to drop DRM, following Warner Music Group (WMG), which in late December said it would sell DRM-free songs through's (AMZN) digital music store. EMI and Vivendi's Universal Music Group announced their plans for DRM-free downloads earlier in 2007."

Time to buy Amazon stock?

UPDATE: I just saw TechCrunch's headline (also referencing our favorite witch-melting ditty). I swear I didn't see that before I posted, but I get a kick out of the fact that so many people have that same view of (and imagery) of DRM...


Unknown said...

Amazon stock was up 140% last year. There is an article about them in the NYT today (Saturday, 1/5). Just thought you'd like to know.

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