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CEA Applauds DRM-free Tracks

3 Apr, 2007 By: Jessica Wolf

The Consumer Electronics Association is congratulating Apple and EMI for upgraded, DRM-free music download scheme the two companies launched this week.

“CEA applauds Apple and EMI Music for recognizing what consumers really want out of their digital music experience — high resolution recordings worthy of both home and on-the-go listening, along with the freedom to move music among devices,” said CEA president and CEO Gary Shapiro. “This is the future of digital entertainment.”

Traditionally compressed MP3 files are stripped of frequencies and recording details that sacrifices a measure of quality, he said.

“For consumers, this announcement means there is no longer a need to sacrifice quality sound simply for convenience. We think music fans are going to like what they hear.”

Shapiro also encouraged other content companies and digital music services to follow Apple's lead.

The new deal for EMI tracks will cost users an extra $.30 per track. Fans can go back through their purchased libraries and upgrade previously downloaded tracks for the price difference.

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