Last Minute Rumors: DRM Free iTunes, Mac Mini, iPhone Tethering

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With Macworld Expo kicking off in a matter of hours, a number of last minute rumors have appeared today.

- CNet reports that Apple has cut deals that will allow iTunes to offer copy-protection free (DRM free) songs from the largest music labels. In exchange, Apple is said to offer more flexible pricing.
Under the terms of the deal, song prices will be broken down into three categories--older songs from the catalog, midline songs (newer songs that aren't big hits), and current hits--said one of the sources.
Beyond this, Apple has also come to an agreement to deliver over-the-air downloads which will allow iPhone users to download music directly on their iPhones. These announcements could be announced at Macworld.

- Arstechnica points out one press release by SeeFile software that reveals the software supports the "new Apple Mac Mini".

- TUAW suggests we may finally see an AT&T / iPhone tethering deal announced this week, according to a "trusted" source.

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Article Link: Last Minute Rumors: DRM Free iTunes, Mac Mini, iPhone Tehthering
 

Vivaldi

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Hopefully most of iTunes' classical music selection is under this DRM-free agreement — otherwise, Puccini's Tosca has just became more devastating. :p

In all seriousness, though, this is awesome. I await for the release of the new Mac Mini. :)
 

adamw

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I say bring it on. I am expectantly looking forward to the announcements Apple has for us...
 

Romanesq

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yeah baby!

It all sounds good. Give us DRM with 1411 bits or better.
Shoot hit us with SACD quality on iTunes, we'll handle it.

iTunes would rule the world with the highest quality downloads.

All of this is welcome and bring on the new Mac Mini!
 

dissdnt

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"Beyond this, Apple has also come to an agreement to deliver over-the-air downloads which will allow iPhone users to download music directly on their iPhones. These announcements could be announced at Macworld."

Um can't we already do this?
 

Mal

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I can't see Jobs giving up on the $.99 pricing. That's been the hallmark of the iTunes Store for a while now, that they've never given in on the pricing.

"Beyond this, Apple has also come to an agreement to deliver over-the-air downloads which will allow iPhone users to download music directly on their iPhones. These announcements could be announced at Macworld."

Um can't we already do this?
Not over 3G, which I'd assume is what this is indicating.

jW
 

alexbates

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The DRM-free music might be announced tomorrow but I don't think Apple will have it in iTunes by the end of the day. It will probably be later in the month or next month.

iPhone tethering is a great idea that I hope Apple will allow in 2.3. This might not be for a while though.

How is the Mac Mini a last minute rumor that appeared today? This is probably going to be one of the main products Apple will release tomorrow and we have heard about it for quite a while.
 

Michael CM1

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"Beyond this, Apple has also come to an agreement to deliver over-the-air downloads which will allow iPhone users to download music directly on their iPhones. These announcements could be announced at Macworld."

Um can't we already do this?
No. Only wifi can be used now. I assume this would be over 3G, but us EDGE users will be SOL.
 

Freis968

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What about all the songs we have all downloaded that are not DRM free? Will they all of a sudden become DRM free or will we be able to redownload them for Free?

I can see a lot of people who have spent 100's or 1,000's of dollars on iTunes songs and now for everyone to be able to start buying DRM Free?

I also agree that the song quality should be atleast 1141kbps. My internet connection is downloading at 24mbps from Brighthouse and it takes me just seconds to download an entire album from iTunes. I would be willing to sit for 1 minute to download an entire album offered at WAV format.
 

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heyjp

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Major Price increase on music

Groan. I predict that "new music" will be $1.39 per song and $13.99 for an album for at LEAST 3 months after albums are released.

Unless you just buy old music, this "DRM Free" change will effectively raise the price of new music 40% to near CD prices. Might as well buy the CD and get full bit rates.

Jim
 

iParis

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Sounds good to me!
I guess we'll just have to wait until tomorrow.
I can't wait!
Here's hoping for a Mac Mini refresh and DRM free iTunes music!
 
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