U.K.'s ERA Throws Support Behind MP3
Britain's Entertainment Retailers Assn. has entered into the debate on DRM-free music.
Nov 21, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Lars Brandle

UCJ Strips DRM For Online Trial
Universal Music Classics & Jazz is trialling DRM-free downloads.
Nov 07, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Lars Brandle

Report: Apple To Cut Price On DRM-Free Tracks
CEO Steve Jobs confirmed the new 99-cent price tag on all iTunes Plus music in a Wall Street Journal interview.
Oct 16, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Antony Bruno

Report: iTunes To Expand DRM-Free Offering
Apple continues to dip its toe with variable pricing. Citing sources close to Apple, tech blog Ars Technica reports that iTunes will expand its DRM-free music plan, iTunes Plus, with additional tracks from a variety of independent labels.
Oct 16, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Antony Bruno, Denver

Retail Track: Market Making And Loss Leading
With the launching of its MP3 download store, Amazon just got into the water. Now, the industry waits to see what kind of ripples it has set in motion. Will the ripples swell into waves and swamp iTunes, digital rights management (DRM) and any major-label hopes that they will once again be able to dominate the price discussion—something they once took for granted back when there were record store chains?
Oct 13, 2007 - Billboard Magazine - Ed Christman

EMI Acts Picked To Click (And Buy)
EMI Music U.K. has joined forces with Click and Buy, a U.K.-based online-payment service provider, to launch a DRM-free, download-only compilation album designed to promote the major's up-and-coming acts.
Sep 20, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Juliana Koranteng

eMusic Launches DRM-Free Music Tool
eMusic introduced a new music management tool for it's DRM-free digital music service designed to let users more easily transfer tracks acquired through eMusic to existing music management software, such as iTunes, Winap or Windows Media Player.
Sep 19, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Antony Bruno

Amazon To Launch Music Service Next Week?
The much-anticipated music service from Amazon could go live as early as Tuesday, Billboard.biz has learned. The company has been testing the service internally for the last several weeks, and is presenting the results to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos for final approval.
Sep 12, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Antony Bruno

Ringo Goes DRM-Free With 7Digital Deal
Digital media delivery company 7digital has followed last week's deal with EMI for its Rolling Stones catalog with another pact, this time featuring former Beatle Ringo Starr's solo material.
Aug 30, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Paul Sexton

CD Baby Adds DRM-Free Option
CD Baby ramped up its digital music service with a DRM-free digital download option.
Aug 28, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Antony Bruno

Black Eyed Peas Frontman Launches Digital Music Store
Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am today launched a digital music store on his Web site, making all digital tunes sold free of copy protection.
Aug 21, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Antony Bruno

Rolling Stones Roll Out DRM-Free Albums
London-based 7digital has become the first digital media delivery company to make available EMI's Rolling Stones catalog as DRM-free MP3s.
Aug 21, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Paul Sexton

UMG Ramps Up DRM-Free Testing
Universal Music Group has unveiled a plan to test the sales of digital music without digital rights management (DRM) on a massive scale.
Aug 09, 2007 - BillboardBiz - By Antony Bruno

Study: Consumers Prefer DRM-Free Tracks
A recent study suggests that digital music sold with DRM technology may not sell as well as unprotected files.
Aug 06, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Antony Bruno

Nokia Devices To Use PlayReady DRM
Mobile phone manufacturer Nokia unveiled plans to use Microsoft's PlayReady DRM technology for its upcoming mobile entertainment devices.
Aug 06, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Antony Bruno

Selling Yourself
Record labels big and small are working toward the goal of turning every social network profile, blog and fan site into a digital music storefront.
Aug 04, 2007 - Billboard Magazine - Antony Bruno

Thoughts On iTunes Plus?
Last time we checked in with readers, you responded to the following question: What do you think of paying an extra $.30 for a higher-quality, DRM-free download from iTunes Plus?
Aug 02, 2007 - Billboard

EMI Links With Canada's Puretracks
EMI has added Canada's Puretracks service to its roster of DRM-free digital music outlets.
Aug 02, 2007 - BillboardBiz - By Antony Bruno

EMI, Mixalbum.com Forge Deal
EMI Music has struck an agreement to deliver DRM-free, a la carte downloads to a new online DJ-mixing service, Mixalbum.com.
Aug 01, 2007 - BillboardBiz - By Juliana Koranteng

Survey: Downloaders Still Look For Free Option
Sales of legal digital music in the United Kingdom are well-behind expectations, according to the findings of new report from European research consultancy Entertainment Media Research.
Jul 31, 2007 - BillboardBiz - By Juliana Koranteng

AT&T, eMusic Partner On Full-Song Mobile Downloads
AT&T subscribers will have access to the entire 2.7 million-strong eMusic catalog though a service dubbed eMusic Mobile.
Jul 31, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Antony Bruno

Plugged and Unplugged
The best and worst digital developments of the week. Topics include EMI and YouTube.
Jul 27, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Antony Bruno

MediaNet DRM-Free Catalog Hits Million Mark
MediaNet, a provider of backend technology that powers many of today's digital music services and formerly known as MusicNet, now has more than 1 million tracks available for purchase without DRM protection.
Jul 24, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Antony Bruno

EMI Music Bites Into DRM-Free Burger King Promotion
EMI Music is to give away DRM-free downloads from its catalog in a U.K. promotion with Burger King.
Jul 24, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Jody Thompson

Utada Breaks Digital Records In Japan
Female vocalist Utada Hikaru's track "Flavor of Life" could well be the world's all-time biggest-selling digital single, with sales of 7 million units across all digital products and formats, her label EMI Music Japan reports.
Jul 20, 2007 - BillboardBiz - By Steve McClure

Virgin Relaunches U.K. Retail Web site
The U.K.'s Virgin Megastores retail brand is revamping its Web site with enhanced existing services, increased user participation, plus new offerings linked to live music.
Jul 17, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Juliana Koranteng

Sony BMG Sues DRM Provider
Sony BMG Music and BMG Music are suing two of the companies involved with the label's ill-fated effort to place DRM protections on its CDs.
Jul 11, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Antony Bruno

Plugged and Unplugged
Billboard correspondent Antony Bruno discusses the best and worst digital developments of the week. Topics include Universal Music Group and Lala.
Jul 06, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Antony Bruno

Source: Universal Snubs iTunes Deal
Universal Music Group has refused to strike a long-term licensing arrangement with Apple's iTunes Music Store and will instead opt for "flexible," interim agreements, a source close to negotiations tells Billboard.biz.
Jul 02, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Lars Brandle

EMI First Major To Sell MP3s Via Individual Sites
A deal between EMI Music and SnoCap will enable MP3 sales directly from any Web site, including social networking sites and blogs.
Jun 29, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Antony Bruno

HMV Enters SNS Biz, Offers DRM-Free Downloads
British market-leading music and entertainment retailer HMV Group has unveiled plans to launch a social-networking site.
Jun 28, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Juliana Koranteng

Adding Up iTunes Plus
EMI is enjoying a modest boost in downloading volume in the wake of Apple's recent shift to iTunes Plus, a new feature that offers tracks without digital rights management.
Jun 23, 2007 - Billboard Magazine - By Brian Garrity

EMI Inks New DRM-Free Deal
The EMI DRM-free train continues to roll, with PassAlong Networks becoming the latest digital music service to license the premium download offer.
Jun 13, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Antony Bruno

U.K. Firm 7digital Enters New Phase
Digital music service 7digital has relaunched its offering with a string of new features, and is boldly setting its sights on the market dominance of iTunes.
Jun 12, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Lars Brandle

DRM-Free iTunes Tier Open For Business
After more than a month of hype, Apple has begun selling music from EMI sans digital rights management.
Jun 09, 2007 - Billboard Magazine - By Brian Garrity

Apple CEO Talks DRM, Future Of Digital Music
Apples Steve Jobs sat down with the Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg at the publication's All Things Digital conference, discussing the upcoming iPhone, DRM and the future of digital music.
May 31, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Antony Bruno

Apple Unveils DRM-Free iTunes
Apple today introduced its DRM-free, higher-quality digital music store in an update to the iTunes service, called iTunes Plus.
May 30, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Antony Bruno

PayPlay.fm Goes DRM-Free
Another digital music service is now offering DRM-free, higher-quality tracks at a higher price -- a model similar to one launched today by Apple.
May 30, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Antony Bruno

Awaiting Amazon Answers
Ending months of speculation, Amazon has finally unveiled plans to launch a digital rights management-free digital music service later this year—perhaps as early as June. But new questions are emerging over pricing, catalog and overall strategy.
May 26, 2007 - Billboard Magazine - Antony Bruno, Ed Christman and Todd Martens

Plugged and Unplugged
Billboard digital correspondent on Amazon's pending DRM-free music service and the ongoing hype over the iPhone.
May 18, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Antony Bruno

EMI Strikes DRM-Free Deals Across Europe
In addition to its just-announced partnership with Amazon.com, EMI Music Group has struck additional DRM-free licensing deals with several European digital music services.
May 16, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Antony Bruno

Execs Discuss Amazon Store Details, DRM Challenges
Now that Amazon.com has confirmed it is developing an MP3 download store and has signed up EMI as its first major label partner, questions will now begin to swirl about launch timing and specifics of the new service.
May 16, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Brian Garrity

Amazon Store To Sell Music Free Of Copy Protection
Amazon.com Inc. said today the company will launch a digital music store later in 2007 with millions of songs, free of copy protection technology that limits where consumers can play their music.
May 16, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Brian Garrity

Disney Launches Music, Video Service
The Walt Disney Company has launched an online digital music and video service called Disney Mix Central.
May 09, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Antony Bruno

PassAlong Offers New DRM Option
PassAlong Networks has introduced a new DRM option for its record label partners that tries to provide an element of control over the otherwise unprotected MP3 format.
May 08, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Antony Bruno

At The Crossroads For Digital Rights Management
Digital rights management (DRM) technology has reached a fork in the road.
May 05, 2007 - BillboardMagazine - By Antony Bruno

NARM Coverage: Majors Debate DRM
During the "2007 Digital Strategies" Q&A session today, EMI's Barney Wragg -- the architect of the major's recent decision to drop DRM protection technologies from its entire catalog -- found himself defending the move while flanked by Universal Music Group's Amanda Marks and Sony BMG's Thomas Hesse.
May 02, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Antony Bruno

WMG To Sell Music On MySpace Via Snocap
Warner Music Group will begin selling music on MySpace via a deal with the social networking giant's digital commerce partner Snocap.
Apr 30, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Brian Garrity

Touch & Go Launching Digital Store
Famed Chicago indie Touch & Go Records will unveil a digital download store this summer. Label founder Corey Rusk tells Billboard.com that the site should launch sometime in June.
Apr 30, 2007 - Billboard Magazine - Todd Martens

Nettwerk CEO: Drop DRM, Market Will Expand
Nettwerk Music Group head honcho Terry McBride gave the keynote speech at the Digital Summit in Nashville yesterday, reiterating his theme of giving control of music distribution to the fans.
Apr 25, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Antony Bruno

Other Music Opens DRM-Free Store
Famed New York indie retailer opened its digital download storefront, which it first announced back in January.
April 23, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - by Todd Martens

MP3 Market Multiplies
While EMI will boldly go where no major has gone before and sell its catalog as unprotected digital files, other forces are coming into play that should bolster the potential for a commercial MP3 marketplace.
April 21, 2007 - Billboard Magazine - by Ed Christman

Soundbuzz, EMI In Talks On DRM-Free Tracks
EMI and Singapore-based Soundbuzz are in negotiations concerning possible distribution by the digital music services provider of DRM-free EMI tracks in Southeast Asia, executives from the two companies tell Billboard.biz.
Apr 19, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - by Steve McClure

Commentary: Fans First In Digital Music
"Come May, I'll be voting with my dollars via buying up as many EMI premium music tracks on iTunes as I can afford." This was just one of the hundreds of e-mails from fans that EMI received this week following our announcement that we will begin selling new digital rights management-free, higher-quality premium downloads.
Apr 14, 2007 - Billboard Magazine - by Eric Nicoli, chairman of EMI Group

The DRM Scorecard
EMI and Apple sent shockwaves through the music industry with their announcement that they would begin offering commercial downloads without digital rights management. As the dust begins to settle, Billboard breaks down the winners and losers in the latest round in the fight over DRM.
April 14, 2007 - Billboard Magazine - by Brian Garrity

Trans World To Launch Digital Service
Another brick-and-mortar music retailer is entering the digital music space.
April 13, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - by Antony Bruno

WMG Issues Termination Notice To DRM-Free Service
Warner Music Group has sent a notice of termination to the recently launched DRM-free music service AnywhereCD.
April 12, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - by Antony Bruno

Apple Rivals Get Boost From DRM-Free Deal
Apple Inc.'s decision to sell DRM-free downloads from EMI and indie labels in the ACC format rather than the MP3 format is creating new strategic opportunities for both rival device manufacturers and digital retailers.
April 3, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - by Brian Garrity

Will The Other Majors Ditch DRM?
EMI is the only major label to pursue a DRM-free strategy so far, but the move places increased pressure on the other majors to offer their catalogs in a similar fashion.
April 2, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - by Brian Garrity

Confirmed: EMI, Apple Offer DRM Free Music
EMI Music has agreed to make all its current digital repertoire available free of digital rights management (DRM) restrictions with immediate effect.
April 2, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - by Tom Ferguson and Juliana Koranteng

Flipping The Switch
Rumors are flying that EMI may be ready to drop its requirement that digital retailers sell music downloads as copy-protected files.
Feb 24, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - by Brian Garrity

Editorial: Snow Jobs
Billboard deputy editor Bill Werde analyzes Steve Jobs' "Thoughts on Music" post at apple.com. Is there a reason for hope behind the Apple CEO's PR move?
Feb 17, 2007 - Billboard Magazine - Bill Werde

Debating DRM
The pig pile of technology companies and consumer advocacy groups pressuring the major labels to abandon support for digital rights management-protected downloads just got a lot heavier. Apple CEO Steve Jobs jumped on top of the stack with a Feb. 6 open letter to the industry stating that "DRMs haven't worked, and may never work, to halt music piracy," and later adding that "convincing [the labels] to license their music to Apple and others DRM-free will create a truly interoperable music marketplace."
Feb 17, 2007 - Billboard Magazine - by Brian Garrity

Record Execs Question Jobs' DRM Position
Record industry executives and lawyers in Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards responded with skepticism to the call by Steve Jobs, Apple Computer CEO, to get rid of digital rights management (DRM) for music.
Feb 12, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - by Susan Butler

'Plugged/Unplugged' - Digital's Best And Worst Weekly Developments
Billboard digital and mobile correspondent Antony Bruno wraps up the best and worst digital developments of the week.
Feb 09, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - by Antony Bruno

Sources: EMI May Announce Support For MP3
Is EMI about to announce support for the MP3 format or some other DRM-free solution? Multiple sources interviewed by Billboard suggest that the British recorded music giant is mulling offering paid downloads in an unprotected format -- and soon.
Feb 09, 2007 - Billboard Magazine - Brian Garrity

EMI To Sell Unprotected MP3s?
Is EMI about to announce support for the MP3 format or some other DRM-free solution?
Feb 09, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - By Brian Garrity

Apple CEO Pushes For Labels To Drop DRM
Apple CEO Steve Jobs released an open letter on the company's Web site calling for the major labels to abandon digital rights management.
Feb 06, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - by Brian Garrity

DRM Debate Continues
The effectiveness of digital rights management continues to simmer as sales forecasts are lowered, digital slows and piracy is rampant.
Feb 05, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - by Antony Bruno

German, French Groups Push For iTunes Interoperability
German and French consumer groups have backed a Scandinavian campaign to force Apple Inc. to make its iTunes online store compatible with digital music players that compete with its iPod.
Jan 24, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - by Leo Cendrowicz

Midem Day One: DRM Takes Center Stage
The ongoing debate over DRM, a number of company announcements and artist apperances were among the highlights of today's MidemNet conference.
Jan 21, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - by Lars Brandle and Mark Sutherland

MidemNet 07 Kicks Off
MidemNet sprung to life today (Jan. 20) with a heated first-up panel debate.
Jan 20, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - Lars Brandle and Mark Sutherland

Apple Loosening DRM Reins?
Apple may be close to loosening the reins on its FairPlay digital rights management system -- the technology responsible for restricting iTunes purchased files to only other Apple products.
Jan 19, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - by Antony Bruno

France's Fnac, Virgin Make Declare Stance On DRM
Three months after having begun selling tracks without digital rights management protection, leading online French retailers FnacMusic and VirginMega have taken the next step.
Jan 18, 2007 - Billboard.Biz - Aymeric Pichevin

2007's Best Bets: The End Of DRM
The anti-digital rights management bandwagon is getting more crowded by the day. Even some major-label executives are pushing for the right to sell digital downloads as unprotected MP3s.
Jan 06, 2007 - Billboard Magazine - Antony Bruno

Move Over, DRM
The market has not evolved as envisioned by the architects of first-generation digital rights management.
Dec 16, 2006 - Billboard Magazine - Bruce Davis

EMI To Sell Jones MP3
EMI's Blue Note Records has become the latest label to experiment with selling tracks online in unprotected MP3 format. It has given Yahoo! Music permission to sell Norah Jones' new single "Thinking About You" in the unprotected format, which went on sale Tuesday (Dec. 5).
Dec 06, 2006 - Billboard.Biz - by Antony Bruno

Can't We All Just Get Along?
If the music industry truly wants to loosen Apple's iron grip on digital music sales, it should start allowing music to be sold without digital rights management protection.
Oct 21, 2006 - Billboard Magazine - Antony Bruno

French Online Retailers Join The No-DRM Front
Two groups selling unprotected tracks for first time.
Oct 20, 2006 - Billboard.Biz - Aymeric Pichevin