Tipping Point reached on DRM-free music content

In a previous post I speculated about the need for a business model shift on the distribution of digital content. It looks like the industry is recognizing the obvious, at least with respect to music content.
TopTech News reports that:

Warner Music Group, a major holdout on selling music online without copy protection, caved in to the growing trend Thursday and agreed to sell its tunes on Amazon.com Inc.’s digital music store.

Until now, Warner Music had resisted offering songs by its artists in the MP3 format, which can be copied to multiple computers and burned onto CDs without restriction and played on most PCs and digital media players, including Apple Inc.’s iPod and Microsoft Relevant Products/Services Corp.’s Zune.

The deal raises the total number of MP3s for sale through Amazon’s music download store to more than 2.9 million. Warner Music’s entire catalog, including work by artists Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin and Sean Paul, will be added to the site throughout the week. The Amazon store launched with nearly 2.3 million songs in September.

This is an interesting development because it seem to represent an attitude shift by the industry that spend billions on useless technologies and gave us the rootkit scandal in the process of trying to prevent the unavoidable.

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