With the recently concluded Macworld 2009 keynote, Apple has finally included DRM-free songs in the iTunes Music Store, which now allows song downloads over 3G for the (you guessed it) iPhone 3G. And aside from 3G, songs will still be available for download over Wi-Fi.
Songs in the iTunes Music Store come from four major labels (Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, Warner Music Group and EMI) as well as thousands of independent labels, and are encoded in 256 kbps DRM-free AAC file formats.
By April, the pricing structure in Apple’s iTunes Music Store will change. Songs will be available for any of the following price points: 69 cents, 99 cents and $1.29, depending on what the music labels charge Apple.
As for previously purchased songs that come with DRM, iTunes has an option for users to upgrade these called iTunes Plus, which replaces these songs with DRM-free ones for 30 cents each or 30% of a full album price.
Apple’s entire iTunes music library will be offered DRM-free by the end of March. And all these will be available for download to iPhone 3Gs over Wi-Fi, as well as 3G networks for no added cost (except for what’s charged by the network, of course).
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