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Marc Cohen

I always felt that this was just a ploy to raise the price of tracks above 99 cents. What you describe confirms this for me. Check out the Ad-Supported Music Central blog at: http://ad-supported-music.blogspot.com/

Molli Fire

Sounds fine to me. I am one of the weirdos who actually wants only DRM-free files. I never go to the iTunes store because of this, but I shop with Boomcat and Nettwerk and other DRM-free stores regularly. I am excited to check the new Apple store out. I am also a huge fan of FLAC files, so I am hoping that these will be available from the iTunes store as well.
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DRM or no DRM - iTunes is only selling use rights, NOT music.

And I fear this will also be the case if the tracks from the independents will be added to "itunes plus".

Chris Gonyea

Could be a condition from the RIAA to do DRM-free music.

I have no problem with it. Not going to share my files anyways. I care more about being able to play the file on any AAC player.

Why do you assume Apple is always the bad guy? I think it is to get more hits.

Bruce Houghton

It interesting that some readers seem unbothered by Apple adding purchaser info to each track. When you buy a CD that don't etch your name onto it. And if this was EMI or Apple's intention why did they not tell people in advance. DRM free means free.


What - you're just discovering this now?? This has *always* been there with the purchased music, for over four years now - every single song sold through the iT(M)S since it opened in April 2003 has clearly, plainly shown the purchaser's name and account name (generally the email address) in the same pane in the "Get Info" window that shows the running time, file size, bitrate, sample rate, play count, date modified, etc. It's not news, and certainly not something they just instituted as a trade-off for offering stuff without DRM.

Doctor F. Alias

I am reminded of the old maxim...never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity.

First of all it is a cinch to remove or modify this information, thereby closing any chance of going after the identity embedded in the copy in the wild.

Second, if Apple really wanted to do this (why???), they could have easily embedded a much more inscrutable watermark.

I'll bet that the folks at Apple just didnt think about this when they blithely moved all the m4p tags to m4a.

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