iTunes goes DRM-free, iPhone gets 3G over-the-air downloads
From today, some eight million music tracks on iTunes will be DRM free and of higher download quality, with all tracks expected to be protection-free by the end of the first quarter this year.
iTunes Plus, named when the concept first launched last year, offers 256Kbps AAC encoded files without any burn limits or DRM.
It's possible to upgrade existing tracks purchased at the iTunes store for 30¢ (20p) each - bit of a sting there.
In addition, iPhone 3G users will now be able to browse, sample and purchase music from the iTunes store over their 3G connection, not just via Wi-Fi. Each user's music library remains fully synced across iPhone and iTunes on a desktop/laptop PC or Mac. It will be interesting to see how much data usage increases as users begin sampling and downloading higher quality music tracks over the cellular network.
What do you think of the changes?
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