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Changes Coming to the iTunes Store

Changes Coming to the iTunes Store

Posted January 6, 2009 at 2:20pm by iClarified · 4827 views
Apple today announced several changes to the iTunes Store (www.itunes.com). Beginning today, all four major music labels—Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, Warner Music Group and EMI, along with thousands of independent labels, are now offering their music in iTunes Plus, Apple’s DRM-free format with higher-quality 256 kbps AAC encoding for audio quality virtually indistinguishable from the original recordings. iTunes customers can also choose to download their favorite songs from the world’s largest music catalog directly onto their iPhone™ 3G over their 3G network just as they do with Wi-Fi today, for the same price as downloading to their computer. And beginning in April, based on what the music labels charge Apple, songs on iTunes will be available at one of three price points: 69 cents, 99 cents and $1.29, with most albums still priced at $9.99.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer our iTunes customers DRM-free iTunes Plus songs in high quality audio and our iPhone 3G customers the ability to download music from iTunes anytime, anywhere over their 3G network at the same price as downloading to your computer or via Wi-Fi,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “And in April, based on what the music labels charge Apple, songs on iTunes will be available at one of three price points—69 cents, 99 cents and $1.29—with many more songs priced at 69 cents than $1.29.”

iTunes offers customers a simple, one-click option to easily upgrade their entire library of previously purchased songs to the higher quality DRM-free iTunes Plus format for just 30 cents per song or 30 percent of the album price. The iTunes Store will begin offering eight million of its 10 million songs in Apple’s DRM-free format, iTunes Plus, today with the remaining two million songs offered in iTunes Plus by the end of March.

iPhone 3G users can now preview and purchase the entire iTunes Store music catalog on their iPhone 3G over their 3G network, just as they do with Wi-Fi today, for the same price and in the same high quality format. Songs purchased on an iPhone will automatically sync to a user’s computer the next time they sync their iPhone.

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steve
steve - January 6, 2009 at 5:16pm
so thats £60 pounds to upgrade my itunes libary there not stupid apple mind and will that make all my music become available in my iphone sound settings so i can use them all as ringtones after i have paid for them to be drm free no no no apple come on
steve
steve - January 6, 2009 at 4:55pm
justed checked purchase there are still protected acc track so you cant make a ringtone out of them
flo
flo - January 6, 2009 at 6:57pm
use your brain, if you really upgraded to itunes plus (w/o drm) it now should say "purchased aac track" or something like this, instead of "protected aac tracks", this means that itunes knows that you bought them, but you should be able to make a ringtone from them.
Steve
Steve - January 6, 2009 at 4:40pm
Ok justed bought a track over 3g apple saying it's drm free or acc so why is it not there on iphone e under sounds so I can use it as a ringtone there not doing out good really
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