Thursday, February 22, 2007
Posted by Ed Hansberry in "THOUGHT" @ 12:00 PM
"Canadian download store Puretracks is turning up the volume on the free-the-music movement by selling songs online without copy protection. Toronto-based Puretracks Inc. yesterday announced it was selling MP3 files from independent labels, including Nettwerk Music Group, Independent Online Distribution Alliance and England's Beggar's Banquet, without digital rights management (DRM), or the technology that restricts how a song can be copied and transferred."
Kudos to them. I personally gave up on Napster and Yahoo! Music over a year ago and have no interest in trying a new DRM solution. I still buy some music online, but mostly from independent artists. In fact, Adrienne Pierce, one of my favorite independents, has music on Nettwerk Music Group's site, one of the companies PureTracks works with, so perhaps her music will get more exposure on the unlocked MP3 section of the site. Here's hoping within a few years, we can all look back on device-locked DRM and laugh about how ridiculously cumbersome and Orwellian it was and be glad it is dead. :beer: