What WMG MP3's On Amazon Really Means - hypebot

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barrym

its hard to believe that 'no DRM' will have any impact on selling more music.. how many people actually don't buy a tune they want because of DRM? its more of a hassle than a deal-breaker...iTunes is 70-80 % of the digital sales market, and all their product has DRM

Captain Wrong

+1 @ barrym

Also, the only thing I think is going to make any real difference is price. If somehow this opens things up to actual price competition, then we may have something here. I have a hunch the average consumer (who probably doesn't know or care what DRM is) would buy a lot more music if the cost was lower.

Of course, the big four want to raise the rates, so I know this isn't going to happen.

My formula for an iTunes Music Store killer: iMS selection + iMS ease of use - DRM @ 1/2 iMS price. Ain't never gonna happen, but there it is.

Benny

Barry, DRM has been a deal breaker for me from day one. I like making songlists and burning them for folks, sharing music any way I can.

The worst DRM was the one on the Sony discs.

As for Apple, the IPod needs to open up to all music formats, and stop being tied to the ITunes application. I use Windows Media for all of my music organization because it is a common program to many music players and other software.

I beleive that hardware, software and intellectual property should compete in an open marketplace. Let me decide what software I want to use with my mp3 player.

DRM is a failure and is gratefully on the way out. The fact that today, downloads only compose 3% of music sales is irrelevant to the future of music. CD' are going the way of the VHS tape. DRM free is definitely a plus and a selling point for downloads.

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