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Cynicalone
Apr 7, 2009, 09:16 AM
Now that iTunes is 100% DRM free, how many tracks do you have left with DRM? To check you can make a smart playlist similar to image attached below.

I have 19 tracks still protected this morning. I mainly only buy singles and EP's that don't make it to the store. So I'm probably on the low end.



GottaLoveApple4
Apr 7, 2009, 12:18 PM
I have 35, but all of them are iTunes Plus in the store. I think the reason is because they are mostly singles that are not recognized for updating when the album comes out and the singles are removed/added to the album. So they better get it straightened out because I'm not repaying for them, just need to upgrade.:(

chrono1081
Apr 7, 2009, 12:32 PM
Do protected songs automatically update themselves to be DRM free?

BigHungry04
Apr 7, 2009, 12:56 PM
Do protected songs automatically update themselves to be DRM free?

No you have to upgrade them to itunes plus.

I have two protected songs left.

skottichan
Apr 7, 2009, 01:15 PM
16


The weird thing, is, 90% of them are available in the iTMS DRM free, but aren't being offered to upgrade. And one of them should have upgraded when I bought the album, because the other singles from the album upgraded to Plus when I bought the album (The Lonely Island - Incredibad).

telecomm
Apr 7, 2009, 01:45 PM
90

Mostly complete albums, and it seems most of the albums are no longer available. Easiest way for the store to go 100% iTunes Plus. :rolleyes:

Nermal
Apr 7, 2009, 02:27 PM
At least 329. Some of them have disappeared from iTunes completely, whereas others are available for purchase DRM-free but I haven't been offered an upgrade. I'm going to send Apple an email later and ask what the deal is.

hexonxonx
Apr 7, 2009, 02:47 PM
I have almost 1135.

The complete Depeche Mode
The Complete U2.

iTunes no longer offers these and so they can not be upgraded.

I also bought the complete Bob Dylan and that finally became upgradeable last week.

iBookG4user
Apr 7, 2009, 02:49 PM
I have no protected songs whatsoever. Might be because I rip the CDs that I own rather than download them from the iTunes store :)

Josh396
Apr 7, 2009, 03:00 PM
Just one, but I'm probably going to end up deleting it. It was a free single of the week a year or so ago and I still have never listened it.

adge-uk
Apr 7, 2009, 03:03 PM
856!!

I was hoping over time they would be done, but instead they seem to have removed all the songs from the store!

telecomm
Apr 7, 2009, 03:21 PM
I have no protected songs whatsoever. Might be because I rip the CDs that I own rather than download them from the iTunes store :)

This may come as a surprise, but I suspect that a lot of people who buy from the iTunes store, like myself, also rip the CDs we own.

The iTunes store carries some music that is otherwise rare or very hard to find, and these, unfortunately, are the albums that now seem to have disappeared completely.

The people who care about getting higher bit rate music from the iTunes store are probably those who would also prefer CD quality originals. Unfortunately, it isn't always possible to find those CDs. Unless you're really into Lady GaGa...

Ish
Apr 7, 2009, 03:26 PM
9

I've just upgraded 3 tonight which leaves 9. One of the ones I upgraded I only bought last month too!

EDIT: I just had a look and, like Nermal, some of them have been upgraded in the iTunes Store but I haven't been offered an upgrade.

Spades
Apr 7, 2009, 06:39 PM
Not counting free tracks which can't be upgraded, duplicates left because iTunes somehow failed to recognize they were the same song, and the completely wrong versions of songs that it gave me (the album of the iTunes Plus versions don't even have the same name as the old album :confused:), I still have about 100 protected files left.

Edit: Exact totals are 77 songs that have been yanked from the store and 17 that I can't upgrade even though they are in the store. Of those 17, 3 songs come from albums where I have upgraded other songs from the same album. :confused:

Redline13
Apr 7, 2009, 07:44 PM
79 and it's kind of annoying.

txhockey9404
Apr 7, 2009, 08:22 PM
624. Haven't upgraded anything.

aethelbert
Apr 7, 2009, 08:31 PM
I have 515 and I'll probably never bother to upgrade any of them unless I need to in order to use Complete My Album.

macfanboy
Apr 7, 2009, 08:40 PM
one album because its not showing up in the upgrade box?

is that a bug for me? or is that widespread

phairphan
Apr 7, 2009, 09:25 PM
745.

Most are the free singles which will never update, but over 100 are purchased music videos. I haven't looked for all of them to see if they are offered in plus and just aren't updating or if they've been pulled from the store. Have a feeling I'll just get irritated if I do.

I'm not surprised that there are this many left. iTMS has had library management problems for years. I would frequently find multiple entries for the same video or find that album names (usually for the iTunes exclusive offerings like Originals and Live From) would change over time (thus rendering "complete your album" useless). If they bothered to clean up all of the duplicates prior to converting to + (which they did for the few examples I checked months ago) it seems to be a bit of crap shoot as to whether you were lucky enough to have downloaded the "right" file originally.

smurfjammer
Apr 7, 2009, 09:42 PM
250 - I'm slowly upgrading them to iTunes Plus

Wolffie
Apr 7, 2009, 10:59 PM
How can I limit to music only?
I have 997, but that includes music videos, TV episodes, and movies.

minik
Apr 7, 2009, 11:09 PM
756 items

The Sheck
Apr 8, 2009, 01:17 AM
20 or so. It looks like all the remaining ones either were free or the albums were removed from the server. I wonder why that happened?

muldul
Apr 8, 2009, 03:37 AM
I have 617 left, but that includes loads of films and tv shows/music videos.

mikes63737
Apr 8, 2009, 04:28 PM
36. 14 of them were from single albums.

This is kind of annoying - all of them are available as iTunes Plus too!


...and a couple hundred tv shows / videos too... but that's not changing anytime soon :(

SpaceKitty
Apr 8, 2009, 05:09 PM
Two more of our songs became available to upgrade over night.

adge-uk
Apr 9, 2009, 09:04 AM
Yes, I have 4 offered to me today... So they are clearly still allowing upgrades but have removed any DRM format files so they have the same format throughout.

Dark Dragoon
Apr 9, 2009, 09:15 AM
I have 40 left.

Which is made up of two complete albums, and a few tracks from two other albums where the tracks were not upgraded when I upgraded the album.

The two complete albums are missing from the store.

Little HZ
Apr 9, 2009, 10:12 AM
1090. :(

Not willing to pay 30 cents to upgrade songs that now cost just what I originally paid for them (or am I missing something ... ?).

Mackilroy
Apr 9, 2009, 03:01 PM
Around 1200. I'm not too enthused about paying $360 to get them all to iTunes Plus, though most of them aren't in my upgrade list.

Cynicalone
Apr 9, 2009, 08:54 PM
It's interesting to see how many people have songs that are still protected. I find that most of my protected tracks have been removed from the store. I guess that is one way to go DRM free, but really isn't fair to the consumer imo.

Nermal
Apr 10, 2009, 04:57 AM
It's interesting to see how many people have songs that are still protected. I find that most of my protected tracks have been removed from the store. I guess that is one way to go DRM free, but really isn't fair to the consumer imo.

It's worth periodically checking, 61 of mine have come back and I have upgraded 60 of them (the other one sucked).

Loge
Apr 10, 2009, 05:16 AM
256 left despite upgrading everything available.

Now some of these are where iTunes has actually upgraded but not replaced the original song. I will sort those out, but need to transfer across the playcounts from the protected songs first.

Some others are where the original album has been replaced by a remastered version since I bought it - no upgrade offered for that.

And others have simply disappeared from the store - At The Drive In for example :confused:

adge-uk
Apr 10, 2009, 05:38 AM
I had a load pop up today, so I'm slowly getting there...

porknight
Apr 11, 2009, 01:04 AM
163 itunes is asking 38.70 euros for that..

mrgreeneyes
Apr 12, 2009, 01:10 PM
what is the method in paying to upgrade the old tracks to the drmless tracks?

can i use money that i have on my itunes account?

or is it charged to my credit card?

thanks

LizKat
Apr 12, 2009, 07:30 PM
I like how they say "Just click Buy All and...."

If I "just" clicked on the Buy All button, then according to their calculations it would run me way over a thousand dollars!

If I actually clicked on the relatively few things I might be interested in upgrading, it might come to thirty or forty bucks. Not a high priority right now.

I have over 4k protected songs left.

Nermal
Apr 22, 2009, 11:43 PM
Now, this is interesting...

I have an album where I still own the protected version, even though the unprotected one is available for purchase. Today I checked the upgrade page and it's listing three songs from that album as available for upgrade, but not the rest of the album. Even more confusing is that one of the songs is listed as from the "greatest hits" rather than the actual album.

I'll check back next week and see whether it gives me the rest.

telecomm
Apr 23, 2009, 12:35 AM
Now, this is interesting...

I have an album where I still own the protected version, even though the unprotected one is available for purchase. Today I checked the upgrade page and it's listing three songs from that album as available for upgrade, but not the rest of the album. Even more confusing is that one of the songs is listed as from the "greatest hits" rather than the actual album.

I'll check back next week and see whether it gives me the rest.

I've had an album appear a few songs at a time too. I was eventually able to get the whole thing, but at first only three songs were made available.

As others have noted, it seems Apple pulled all the remaining protected songs so they could claim to be completely iTunes Plus, but it appears they're still adding albums back. I just had one show up the other day.

ryan.stewie
Apr 23, 2009, 01:08 AM
I have 35 protected songs left.
19 of those are upgradable. The rest were taken off the store during late march/early april and are showing no signs of returning. So 19 of those songs can be upgraded, but 16 are stuck as protected. I'm just lucky I buy mostly CD's.

GGJstudios
Apr 23, 2009, 01:18 AM
27,369 songs. 100% DRM free.

synagence
Apr 23, 2009, 04:17 AM
None ... Friends don't let friends buy DRM'd music

dittman
Apr 23, 2009, 10:14 AM
I have several albums and songs that are still protected. Some of the songs and albums are available in non-DRM format on the store but I haven't been offered an upgrade yet.

Yesterday I did get four albums appear on the upgrade page that had already been upgraded earlier. If I'd hit "Buy All" I'd be wasting my money.

I also had 24 songs appear yesterday that were from albums other than the ones I had originally purchased.

The iTunes Plus upgrade process has not been smooth.

redelcamino
Apr 23, 2009, 03:53 PM
I now only have 14 drm protected songs left. I upgraded 16 today which became available today. I have 443 itunes plus songs.