Get Your DRM-Free Music From Warner While You Can, It Won't Last For Long

from the you-might-want-to-read-those-deals-you-sign. dept

Back in April, founder Michael Robertson unveiled his latest startup, dubbed AnywhereCD, which offered DRM-free downloads of complete albums. There was just one tiny problem: Warner Music, the label whose music AnywhereCD licensed, claimed that it never gave Robertson permission to do this. At the time, it was pretty unclear how the two parties had such a divergent view of their agreement, but given Robertson's penchant for getting publicity, the whole story wasn't at all out of the ordinary for him. The two sides have now come to an agreement, and it seems as though the two sides genuinely disagreed about what exactly they had agreed to. As such, they're come to a bizarre compromise whereby AnywhereCD will be allowed to continue selling DRM-free albums, but only through September. It still seems unbelievable that there was such confusion over the initial deal, although good entertainment lawyers are stretched pretty thin these days, so maybe Warner had the second string in that day. Still, maybe something good can come out of it if Warner sees that DRM-free sales don't cause the sky to fall.

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    Charles Griswold, 8 Jun 2007 @ 2:24pm

    Re: MP3 too lossy

    Why would you want to pay the same cost or more for something is missing quite a bit of the data? [ . . . ] Sell digital music in FLAC (free lossless audio codec) format and you might get me to buy online instead of the physical CD.. Sure the files are huge, but all the data is there when you play it back. Just like the CD.
    Check out Magnatune. You can listen to everything before you buy it, you can (at your option) pay as little as $5.00 per album, you can get it in any number of different formats, some of which are CD quality and lossless, there is no DRM, and the artists get half of what you pay for the album.

    Disclaimer: I have absolutely nothing to do with Magnatune or any of their artists; I just love their business model.

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