EMI Group CEO Eric Nicoli today hosted a press conference at EMI's headquarters in London where he announced that EMI Music is launching DRM-free superior quality downloads across its entire digital repertoire and that Apple's iTunes Store will be the first online music store to sell EMI's new downloads. Nicoli was joined by Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The event also featured a musical performance by The Good, The Bad & The Queen.

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CUPERTINO, California―April 2, 2007―Apple® today announced that EMI Music’s entire digital catalog of music will be available for purchase DRM-free (without digital rights management) from the iTunes® Store (www.itunes.com) worldwide in May. DRM-free tracks from EMI will be offered at higher quality 256 kbps AAC encoding, resulting in audio quality indistinguishable from the original recording, for just $1.29 per song.

Apple - Press Info - Apple Unveils Higher Quality DRM-Free Music on the iTunes Store

Steve Jobsは、また画期的なことをやってくれた。(笑)
4大レコード会社の残り3社(Universal、Sony BMG、Warner)も時間の問題かもしれない。

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