I got a iTunes gift certificate the other day and decided to buy some DRM Free music. For those who do not know, DRM is a type of protection that most sold music has embedded into the files so you are limited to how you can use them. In some cases, DRM protected music prevents you from converting the audio file to the format that your portable mp3 player supports. It is a real hassle. Plus my attitude is, if I pay for it and I have to manage storing it on devices I have to pay for, then I better be able to do what ever I want with it.
So if you are looking for DRM free music on iTunes, you need to figure out how to enable iTunes Plus. I can’t explain it very well because I barely figured it out. Once I got it turned on, I was able to view albums and artists who are in the iTunes Plus category. Unfortunately they try to help you by only listing the top 20, which didn’t help me at all. I have unique tastes. So after spending an hour Saturday night and 1/2 hour today, I finally found some DRM free music I can buy.
Today I bought Huey Lewis & The News Greatest Hits. Besides that, I also found the following artists who are part of the iTunes plus deal, and I recommend that others purchase this music to support the sale of DRM free music.
- Al Green (Greatest Hits – my next purchase)
- Beastie Boys
- The Kooks
- Lenny Kravitz
- Chemical Brothers
- Fatboy Slim
- Daft Punk
- Pink Floyd
- Billy Idol
- David Bowie
Is there anything DRM free that you like?
If you’re into electronic/alternative music check out stuff from Warp (and a whole bunch of other labels these days) at bleep.com
All DRM free releases, 320kbps mp3s or even FLAC in some cases.
They don’t want to regard their customers as criminals by imposing DRM. I love that statement.
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