View Full Version : EMI in Talks to Sell Unprotected MP3s

02-09-2007, 11:18 AM
NEW YORK (AP) - Music company EMI Group PLC - home of The Rolling Stones and Coldplay - has been talking with online retailers about possibly selling its entire digital music catalog in MP3 format without copy protection, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing numerous people familiar with the matter.
The MP3 format, which can be freely copied and played on virtually any device, would allow consumers to play music purchased from any online store on any digital music device.
Currently, music purchased at Apple Inc. (AAPL (http://money.iwon.com/jsp/qt/short.jsp?symbol_search_text=AAPL))'s iTunes Store, for example, is wrapped in Apple's proprietary version of Digital Rights Management technology known as "FairPlay" and can only be played on the company's iPod devices. Songs purchased from rival online stores that carry different DRM technology cannot be played on iPods. That has caused some to wonder whether it might be hampering sales. According to the people familiar with the matter, London-based EMI asked the retailers to submit proposals by Thursday telling the company what size advance payments they would offer in exchange for the right to sell EMI's music as MP3s, the Journal reported.

One of the unidentified people said EMI would decide whether to forge ahead with the strategy based on the size of the offers. A decision about whether to keep pursuing the idea could come as soon as Friday, the Journal said.


02-09-2007, 11:35 AM
you mean they were protected before? lol

although i'm glad steve jobs has gotten everyone thinking about this now..

02-09-2007, 12:01 PM
no one will ever be happy with this topic.