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The new plan would allow iTunes customers to permanently backup music they purchased in the event that the original versions are lost or damaged. In addition, downloads to multiple devices like the iPod, iPad and iPhone could all be linked to one iTunes account, which provides universal access to centrally stored content on the internet.

Apple and the record companies decided to come together in an effort to "maintain demand for digital downloading" and to compete with internet services like Pandora Media Inc., which allows users to stream songs from the internet on multiple devices instead of selling individual tracks.
http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=21052

Certainly welcome news. I buy very little music from iTunes for this reason.
 
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Nice to hear that they are going to make some changes. The only problem I have however is the fact that .99cents for a Apple locked down DRM MP3. I have to pay 1.49$ or however much to be able to have it DRM free. Nonsense.

I know you can rip it to a CD and copy it. But I shouldn't have to do that with the track I purchased and own.
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Yawn. Call me when they allow users to buy ALAC or other loss-less formats.
     
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Nice to hear that they are going to make some changes. The only problem I have however is the fact that .99cents for a Apple locked down DRM MP3. I have to pay 1.49$ or however much to be able to have it DRM free. Nonsense.

I know you can rip it to a CD and copy it. But I shouldn't have to do that with the track I purchased and own.
With the new versions of iTunes it's DRM free
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Most of the people who I know that use the iTunes store usually have this happen.
1) Buy music
2) Lost music when reformat (virus, stupidity, new pc)
3) Resort to piracy

Hopefully this will help reduce people in those situations.
    
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The .99$ MP3's are DRM free? When did this happen?
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If I'm understanding this right, essentially Steam for music? I think it is the right direction.
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Why wasnt it like this in the first place? It just seems like common sense...
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Originally Posted by Mach 5 View Post
Why wasnt it like this in the first place? It just seems like common sense...
Because in the past apple didn't have any competition and could do what they wanted with the digital music market. Now that other companies are becoming more mainstream and offering different choices apple has to evolve to compete.
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Steam music hell ya!!!
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