MacWorld Keynote 2009 Tidbits: iTunes Goes DRM Free And More


Posted January 6, 2009 - By r_pad

Capping off Apple's 2009 MacWorld keynote was a trio of iTunes announcements. The company announced that starting this April, iTunes will be offering tiered pricing for songs. Individual tracks will cost $.69, $.99, or $1.29. The new prices will apply to new songs only (though this could change in the future). Apple senior vice president Phil Schiller was quick to point out that more songs would be available at $.69 than $1.29.

While the new iTunes pricing scheme might make some people unhappy, nobody can argue with the awesomeness that starting today, eight-million songs will be availble on iTunes in the DRM-free iTunes Plus format. By the end of March, an additional two-million songs will be available without all that DRM crap. This means by the beginning of April, all iTunes songs will be free of DRM. That's just excellent!

Last, but not least, is news that will make iPhone 3G users giggle with delight. Starting today, owners of the latest iPhone will be able to preview and download songs via 3G. Previously, iPhone owners were restricted to WiFi if they wanted to make any mobile iTunes purchases.

So how about it iTunes and iPhone fans? Do these announcements have you psyched? As I was typing this, I updated 22 songs in my iTunes library to iTunes Plus. Any of you doing the same? Any iPhone owners try downloading a song over 3G yet? Let me know!


Tags: Apple, iPhone, Tech
MacWorld Keynote 2009 Tidbits: iTunes Goes DRM Free And More


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