Here is a bit of news that might have music lovers rhapsodic. RealNetworks-owned online music service Rhapsody has begun selling
MP3 music sans any Digital Rights Management (DRM) protection
. This entails that users can do anything with the music they buy. If you thought that piracy fearing labels would never back such an initiative then you were wrong.
Major labels will continue to make their music available through Rhapsody. They perceive DRM protection to be some sort of a sales impediment as it deters many music lovers from buying such music online – scarecrow effect. Rhapsody’s online music store offers a single song download for $.99 and an entire album for $9.99. Rhapsody has certainly taken the attack to iTunes.
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