Here ya go. No word yet on bitrates and if only EMI.
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4/7/07 at 4:43pm
|"The EMI announcement on Monday was not exclusive to Apple," said Katy Asher, a Microsoft spokeswoman on the Zune team, in an e-mail to the IDG News Service today. She said Microsoft has been talking with EMI and other record labels "for some time now" about offering unprotected music on its Zune players in an effort to meet the needs of its customers.|
|In February, Apple CEO and founder Steve Jobs stirred up controversy when he called for an end to DRM in an open letter to the industry published on Apple's Web site. At the time, Microsoft responded harshly to Jobs' statement -- a Zune spokesman called it naive and irresponsible -- but now the company seems to have literally changed its tune.|
I agree this is good for consumers. The question becomes which format to become locked into.
Looks like the choices will be AAC vs. WMV.
From my experience it looks like there are more devices that support WMV (car stereos, home stereos, PDA's, phones). Too bad it's a MS format.
Well it certainly was EMIs decision, though it could be Apples lead. If BMG follows EMI the way that MS followed Apple would you dismiss EMI being first? I don't want to over-exaggerate Apples part as that press conference seemed a little rushed and more importantly EMI after all owns the licenses and is taking the largest risk, but Jobs (for whatever reason - even defensive) did say he wanted to sell DRM-free tracks and thought the industry should go that route. MS thought Jobs proposal was "naive and irresponsible". Are you saying EMI is forcing MS to now sell DRM-free tracks against their wishes? Are you saying EMI did the same to Apple too? Is there any difference here between MS and Apple.
Again this is great news for consumers and who's first may not matter (I didn't start this thread to rub it in), but I doubt this was a MS initiative unless you know something I don't. I don't doubt though there will be a PR history rewrite as often happens between these companies.
Even though I am yet to jump on the iPod bandwagon, I recognised Apple's importance. First gapless. Now DRM-free. Hopefully in a couple of years this snowballs into all music DRM free and Apple will make iTunes optional and allow drag+drop as well!
Or I could just be happy with my lot