I have been lax on updating you on the DRM/EMI/iTunes news. It happened! We are now able to buy EMI music on iTunes without DRM as of last week. I was holding off saying something about it because I wanted to buy some tunes first to show my support. I am in the process of getting an older Christopher Parkening CD that I don’t have, Simple Gifts. It is a CD that I have heard much about, but never have gotten to hear. There are a few others I would like to get my hands on.
There is some talk that they are doing “digital watermarking” on the tracks you download. What this means is that you can play the song on any player that plays that file type, but it has (if they are really doing this) your personal information tied to it. So if you share it out on the peer to peer downloading sites, they can track down that it came from you. I think that is fair and don’t personally mind it.
This is the first time I have bought a whole album off the web or iTunes. I have avoided buying music this way because of the DRM that is tied to it. If you are unfamiliar with DRM, have a listen to My Thought Spot podcast episode 1 or see some of my earlier posts about it.