Today brings excellent news for music lovers of all stripes: EMI will start selling its entire catalog without any DRM restrictions. They will also upgrade the sound quality of the unprotected songs from 128kbps to 256kbps. The tracks do cost more – $1.29 each – but the price is still well within reason. I suspect the bitrate increase was a secondary consideration and most likely a P.R. move to justify the price bump. Whatever the reason, EMI is going to be watched very closely over the coming weeks to see what this does to their bottom line. If the world is fair and just, this will triple their profits and demonstrate to the RIAA just how wrong their failed policies have been.

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