Buying DRM-Free Music On iTunes?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Kaos Theory, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. Kaos Theory macrumors member

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    Um, excuse my ignorance on this matter, but how do I buy DRM-free music on iTunes? Do I have to upgrade my current library to DRM-free before I can buy a DRM-free song? Is there a way of telling if a song is DRM-free, such as a icon in the corner? Because for the life of me, I can't seem to find any DRM-free songs, and I have iTunes 802...
    Help would be greatly appreciated, as I am dying to buy new music. Again, I apologize for asking a completely moronic question. :D
     
  2. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    Look for the plus symbol in the price. It's called iTunes Plus.
     
  3. maclover001 macrumors 6502a

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    If the song has a little "+" icon next to the Buy Now button, its DRM-free.

    You have to pay 30¢ a song to upgrade your current collection to DRM-free.
     
  4. numbersyx macrumors 65816

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    ... And after April every song will be DRM free according to Apple.
     
  5. Kaos Theory thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks!

    Thanks for all the replies. The sound quality is noticeably better. :D
     
  6. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    Is the sound quality any different without DRM??? That doesn't seem to make sense.
     
  7. Galley macrumors 65816

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    iTunes Plus tracks are 256Kbps vs. 128 for the DRM stuff.
     
  8. LightDemon69 macrumors member

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    Which gives a slightly better audio quality, but doubles the file size. So say a regular DRM itunes song was 4 MB, the iTunes plus version will be 8 MB. All good things have some kind of drawback.
     
  9. mcb13 macrumors member

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    Just bought my first songs since Apple announced the changes a couple of weeks ago.

    Despite the + next to the songs, what I downloaded from iTunes tonight was 128bit DRM'd songs.

    :/

    Haven't spent the $100 they want to upgrade my existing library yet...not sure I want to spend 30 cents on at least 1/3 of the songs the wife and I bought over the years.
     

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