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OK Steve Jobs, Where Is All The DRM-Free Music Your Promised Us?

Despite telling independent labels and distributors to deliver DRM-free tracks to iTunes months ago, our sources tell us that many labels only received Apple's contract covering the change within the last few days.Antiapple

The result is that a full 8 months after Steve Jobs called on record labels to drop copy restrictions, the iTunes Plus DRM-Free store has by far the weakest selection of DRM-Free independent label music of the three top download services.

Both eMusic and the new Amazon mp3 store have more than 2 millions DRM free tracks mostly from indies, and yet iTunes' selection is a fraction of that number.  Although Apple claims that tracks are being added daily, a quick search found that many top indie artists who have DRM-free tracks available elsewhere where not represented on iTunes Plus.

Stevejobssmile In fact, we wondered for months if Steve "I Like To Keep Control" Jobs really wants a DRM free world to arrive any faster than it has to.

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