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Apple has launched iTunes Plus
, a new option for iTunes customers featuring DRM-free music tracks.
These tracks feature high quality 256 kbps AAC encoding for audio quality virtually indistinguishable from the original recordingsâ€”for just $1.29 per song. iTunes Plus is launching with EMIâ€™s digital catalog of recordings, including singles and albums from Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, Norah Jones, Frank Sinatra, Joss Stone, Pink Floyd, John Coltrane and more than a dozen of Paul McCartneyâ€™s classic albums available on iTunes for the first time.
iTunes will continue to offer its entire catalog, currently over five million songs, in the same versions as todayâ€”128 kbps AAC encoding with DRMâ€”at the same price of 99 cents per song, alongside the higher quality iTunes Plus versions when available. In addition, iTunes customers can now easily upgrade their library of previously purchased EMI content to iTunes Plus tracks for just 30 cents a song and $3.00 for most albums.
Steve Jobs, Appleâ€™s CEO had this to say, â€œOur customers are very excited about the freedom and amazing sound quality of iTunes Plus. We expect more than half of the songs on iTunes will be offered in iTunes Plus versions by the end of this year.â€�
Eric Nicoli, CEO of EMI Group added, â€œThis is a tremendous milestone for digital music. Consumers are going to love listening to higher quality iTunes Plus tracks from their favorite EMI artists with no usage restrictions.â€�
With the release of iTunes Plus, customers can now download tracks from their favorite EMI artists without limitations on the type of music player or number of computers that purchased songs can be played on. iTunes is also offering customers a simple, one-click option to easily upgrade their library of previously purchased EMI content to the iTunes Plus versions. EMI music videos are now also available in iTunes Plus versions with no change in price. iTunes Plus songs purchased from the iTunes Store will play on all iPods, Mac or Windows computers, widescreen TVs with Apple TV and soon iPhones, as well as many other digital music players.
The iTunes Store features the worldâ€™s largest catalog with over five million songs, 350 television shows and over 500 movies. The iTunes Store has sold over 2.5 billion songs, 50 million TV shows and over two million movies, making it the worldâ€™s most popular online music, TV and movie store.
Pricing and Availability:
Available now for $1.29 per song
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