EMI and Apple just announced DRMless iTunes music sales. Instead of 99 cents for 128kbit/s AAC with DRM, you will soon have an option to pay 1.29 cents for 256kbit/s AAC that’s not crippled.
When questioned if this will cut iPod sales (not being vendor locked on the music), Steve Jobs said he doesn’t see the connection as most music in iPods originates from CDs anyway.
I’m very, very happy to see this happen. And hoping this will work out for them. In fact, I’ll even go as far as purchase something from EMI when this goes live. If EMI gets to boast record sales as a result of them doing this, other companies will follow.