A lot has happened in the music space recently that suggests a steady progression towards the sale of DRM-free music by the big labels. In my opinion this progression/evolution is inevitable, and will be followed by a reduction in pricing towards zero – services will be able to sell based on service levels (ease and speed of download, inclusion of music video content and album art, etc.), but not much else. I’ll expand these thoughts in a post later this week.
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