Hooray for EMI
Is this the start of the next wave of digital music? EMI and Apple have announced that iTunes is to be the first music service to sell unprotected downloads, and EMI will open up the catalogue to other online retailers soon.
What I like about this - which Steve Jobs talked about in his recent open letter - is two things. First, EMI is opening up its entire catalogue, not just a selection as I'd expected; and second, they're upping the quality of the non-protected files. I guess the motivation behind this may be that it's a way to get people to pay more for them (they'll cost 99p instead of 79p), but I've often thought that quality was an angle that could be explored more fully so I'm pleased about this.