Tag Archives : DRM-free

DRM-free boosts online music sales 260%

Tweet UK digital music retailer 7digital.com this week released figures which confirm a huge increase in sales following the company’s first to market move to offer music for sale online free of DRM. The company’s fourth quarter sales grew over 260 per cent on strength of it offering tracks in high-quality MP3 format, free of […]


Majors go DRM-free with iTunes Plus

Tweet   Given the extent of repeated rumours in the run-up to Christmas, it’s no great surprise that fresh reports this morning claim Apple could announce a fully DRM-free iTunes Store as soon as today. The report claims Apple has also given agreement to flexible pricing on music, so labels will be able to charge […]


We7 goes ad-free for Christmas 1

Tweet Joining the list of online music services making seasonal offers, ad-supported music service We7 has become an ad-free service for the Christmas season. The company will remove all audio advertising from its music tracks for the festive period (between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve), so music fans can listen online to as many […]


Digital music slowly goes lossless – sans iTunes?

Tweet Passionato has become an award-winning digital music service, offering as it does top quality classical music downloads in an open format, but it may not be a long wait until record labels move to offer more music in high-quality FLAC and/or Apple Lossless formats, or so it appears. While this season’s speculation continues to […]


Nokia Comes With Music DRM cracked 1

Tweet Nokia launched its ‘Comes With Music’ service in the UK in a fanfare of publicity, promising access to a huge host of music tracks along with free permanent downloads for a year – but now it looks like the company’s facing an unexpected problem – the DRM it uses to limit use of music […]



An interview with 7digital’s Ben Drury 5

Tweet We caught up with UK online music service 7digital’s chief executive Ben Drury this week. A seasoned digital music industry professional, he shared his insights on Apple’s music market challenges as competition proliferates, social networking in music, lossless music downloads and much more. Distorted Loop: Why does music matter? Ben Drury: Although music is […]


Majors want different things to join iTunes Plus…

Tweet You’ve been waiting for DRM-free music from all the major labels through iTunes, right? We reported on a “blink-and-you-miss-it” moment when tracks from majors blipped briefly in Apple’s iTunes Plus line-up? Just WTF is going down? Negotiations may be narrowing toward closure – though at this point nothing is certain – will the labels […]


7Digital CEO: Amazon MP3 UK a ‘blow’ to iTunes 2

Tweet Amazon’s move to introduce its DRM-free MP3 download store in the UK is beginning to generate reactions from within the UK music industry, with competing online music service, 7Digital’s CEO Ben Drury noting his company went DRM-free first in the UK. “We’d like to congratulate Amazon UK for finally entering the MP3 market albeit a […]


Amazon MP3 Store launches in UK 2

Tweet Amazon opened up its iTunes competitor, the Amazon MP3 Store in the UK this morning. Marking the launch of the store the company has launched a wave of aggressive price cuts on new albums from artists including Take That, Kings of Leon and Coldplay, making albums available for just £3. The store, which offers […]



Paul McCartney ‘doesn’t mind’ illegal downloading 1

Tweet Paul McCartney yesterday said that he “doesn’t mind” illegal downloading, though he does have some problems understanding the concept. He explained that while he doesn’t download illegally himself, he was tempted to buy Radiohead’s ‘In Rainbows’ for a penny, but only so he could tell his mates he’d paid much more. The artist was […]