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Old Apr 7, 2009, 09:16 AM   #1
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How many protected songs do you have left?

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.
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Old Apr 7, 2009, 12:18 PM   #2
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35 left....

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.
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Old Apr 7, 2009, 12:32 PM   #3
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Do protected songs automatically update themselves to be DRM free?
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Old Apr 7, 2009, 12:56 PM   #4
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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.
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Old Apr 7, 2009, 01:15 PM   #5
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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).
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Old Apr 7, 2009, 01:45 PM   #6
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Mostly complete albums, and it seems most of the albums are no longer available. Easiest way for the store to go 100% iTunes Plus.
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Old Apr 7, 2009, 02:27 PM   #7
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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.

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Old Apr 7, 2009, 02:47 PM   #8
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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.
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Old Apr 7, 2009, 02:49 PM   #9
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I have no protected songs whatsoever. Might be because I rip the CDs that I own rather than download them from the iTunes store
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Old Apr 7, 2009, 03:00 PM   #10
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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.
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Old Apr 7, 2009, 03:03 PM   #11
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I was hoping over time they would be done, but instead they seem to have removed all the songs from the store!
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Old Apr 7, 2009, 03:21 PM   #12
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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...
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Old Apr 7, 2009, 03:26 PM   #13
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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.

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Old Apr 7, 2009, 06:39 PM   #14
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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 ), 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.

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Old Apr 7, 2009, 07:44 PM   #15
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79 and it's kind of annoying.
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Old Apr 7, 2009, 08:22 PM   #16
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624. Haven't upgraded anything.
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Old Apr 7, 2009, 08:31 PM   #17
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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.
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Old Apr 7, 2009, 08:40 PM   #18
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one album

one album because its not showing up in the upgrade box?

is that a bug for me? or is that widespread
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Old Apr 7, 2009, 09:25 PM   #19
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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.
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Old Apr 7, 2009, 09:42 PM   #20
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250 - I'm slowly upgrading them to iTunes Plus
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Old Apr 7, 2009, 10:59 PM   #21
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How can I limit to music only?
I have 997, but that includes music videos, TV episodes, and movies.
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Old Apr 7, 2009, 11:09 PM   #22
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Old Apr 8, 2009, 01:17 AM   #23
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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?
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I have 617 left, but that includes loads of films and tv shows/music videos.
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Old Apr 8, 2009, 04:28 PM   #25
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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
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