iTunes Plus Expanded, Becomes Largest DRM-Free Catalog

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    Apple announced today the expansion of iTunes Plus to 2 million songs including artists from Sub Pop, Nettwerk, Beggars Group, IODA, The Orchard and many others, along with EMI’s digital catalog.

    The announcement comes after Apple began lowering prices of its DRM-free songs to $.99, down from $1.29. Arstechnica had reported at the time that Apple was in the midst of expanding its catalog to include indie artists as well as EMI.

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    Bravo, Apple! :) Now that there's no price premium, I have to make sure my account is set to get iTunes+ versions when possible. :)
     
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    I've never really used iTunes music store for much more than sampling songs that I may like, or finding out the names of songs stuck in my head. I rip all my music in Apple Lossless.... I don't even like the degradation in 256k encoding... I'll wait till they start selling Lossless music at 1.29 :D
     
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    This is excellent news. DRM free is definitely the way forward
     
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    Well that's great news! I'll definitely be buying more music from iTunes now. For me, the indie labels get most of my money, so this seals the deal, but for worldwide domination, more major labels are going to have to jump on.
     
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    Don't get your hopes up.

    This is great. I hope that the other companies will pick up on this and understand that this is what people want.

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    Finally! Apple was starting to get shown up by Amazon... Since AAC > MP3 I will continue to stick with Apple. Now they just need to get Universal and Warner to sign on and world domination will be at hand!
     
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    Great news for consumers. Competition is a good thing in business
     
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    Must get more memory... feeling urge to buy more... trying to resist...;)

    Really glad to hear this. More selections is always a plus.

    Go :apple:
     
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    Upgrade

    Any way to upgrade old purchases at no cost like you could for .30 before?
     
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    so - will it still cost to enhance my previously bought itunes to itunes plus versions, now that they're the same price? i guess it will

    but definately a good thing - i was waiting until next year when i get a bonus from work before upgrading all my tracks to itunes plus quality
     
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    Awesome!

    Now we're really moving into the fully digital non-protected era that makes a lot more sense.
     
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    In the near future, you're probably right, but Beatport sells WAV's for an extra $1 (for bandwith). I don't think it is totally unreasonable that Apple offer Apple Lossless for a premium... maybe $1.49 or so. Someday. Maybe.

    Anyway, I agree with the above poster... I've given up lossy music too. More and more people are, so I think eventually (probably at least a few years) iTMS will have to respond to the demand for lossless files. Someday. Maybe.
     
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    But that's what THEY want as well...:eek:


    Hmmm...we may at last get the answer to the question of what happens when the immovable object is struck by the unstoppable force...

    'That's no moon...it's the iTunes music store.'
     
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    Do you hear dog whistles also? I can't tell the difference between 160 and 128 and that is with using noise cancelling in-ear buds. I wonder if your sense of 256 is psychosomatic, that you think you hear a difference.

    I'm not calling you crazy, just that I would love to see if there is a research paper out there that determines what the human ear can really differeniate between.

    It's kind of like when a new OS X update comes through the pipelines and people say they think Safari is snappier, at least those who aren't joking around now that that has become the catch phrase with "PowerBook G5's coming out this Tuesday".
     
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    I'll bet they want to change that blurb at some point, hopefully soon.
     
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    I was wondering what the deal with that is going to be, too. I just checked the "iTunes Plus Frequently Asked Questions" via iTunes, and it still lists iTunes plus songs as $1.29 along with the old upgrade prices. So I guess we'll see when they update that document if they change the update policy/pricing too.
     
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    You guys really shouldn't be giving Apple all the credit. If it wasn't for Amazon selling DRM free music for .89cents Apple would have never lowered the price from 1.29. Its funny because it took Apple less than 1month to lower its price after Amazon annoucned it enetered into the music business and its pricing model. Amazon is cheaper and we owe it to them for really setting the standards.
     
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    Right now, iTunes still asks you to pay to upgrade if you try. Can't see that lasting. Think I'll wait.
     
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    This is a step in the right direction for Apple. Competition is always good, as long as Apple stays on top :)

    Now maybe it's time to redeem some iTunes gift cards I have lying around here.
     
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    That's a fair point. I've actually yet to try using the Amazon service, which is something I've been meaning to do.
     
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    Dammit, none of the indie stuff I want has been converted over yet. Guess I keep waiting.
     
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    I Am Going To Sue Apple Over This!!!

    WHA??? Apple dropping prices? NEVARRRRR!!!

    I just spent $599 on "iTunes+" tracks, and now Apple drops the price! That amounts to me over-paying Apple $180!!!

    I am going to sue Apple for.... Two BEEEEELYUN Dollars!!!

    :)



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