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iTunes DRM-free EMI catalog to be available soon

Posted in Apple,EMI,iTunes,News by Darrin Olson on May 28th, 2007

DRM-free music coming from Apple iTunes and the EMI catalog soonRemember back in the beginning of April when Apple announced that it would be offering a DRM-free catalog from EMI in May? Well May is almost over and we haven’t seen it yet, but the French site MacBidouille (translated) has a source that’s saying the catalog is only a few days away and could be available by the end of the month.

When the catalog does roll out on iTunes, the music from EMI (aside from the Beatles songs) will be available with no Fairplay DRM restricting the number of computers or MP3 players the music can be transferred to. It will also be recorded at a higher bit rate, which according to the report may be part of the reason that the release is taking so long. The only small catch with this deal is that the songs sans DRM will cost you $1.29 each, which is $.30 more than the current $.99 cent download per song.

Other rumors about the release that may be causing a delay is the final contract negotiations between Apple and EMI since the source says that the deal has just been signed. EMI is starting with Apple, but they are planning on offering the rights-free music through other sources as well, such as Amazon.

We really have no definite date for the actual release, but the end of the month is coming soon, and so is the popular Tuesday release day.