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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Wal-Mart to Sell Music Online Without Copyright Protections ... in MP3 Format

Wall Street Journal:
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has begun selling some of its online music catalog without anticopying software, stepping up its competition with Apple Inc.'s iTunes store.

Wal-Mart will sell songs without the software -- known as digital rights management, or DRM -- through its site for 94 cents a track, or $9.22 an album. The No. 1 seller of recorded music said it will launch the service with songs from two major record labels, Vivendi SA's Universal Music Group and EMI Group PLC.
I've applauded Apple's decision to offer 256 Kbps AAC tracks via iTunes, but this is of course preferable: MP3 offers much better compatibility, and Wal-Mart's files are also 256 Kbps, which is excellent quality. Finally.

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