I recently posted about a few issues I have with online music purchases, and it seems there may be a growing tide of sentiment that things must change. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, EMI is looking at the idea of releasing their entire catalogue in plain old MP3, instead of using the ridiculous copy protection systems in place now.
EMI have a different reason than mine – songs you buy from iTunes are only any good if you have an iPod, and songs you buy from any other online retailer you can’t play on an iPod. Obviously, Apple have a bit of a stanglehold on the online music market at the moment.
The other thing is that copy protection does not stop piracy.
If I really wanted to copy something I have bought from iTunes, I can burn it to an audio CD, then re-rip it back to my computer as MP3. All this copy protection nonsense hasn’t really stopped anything. It just inconveniences people trying to do the right thing.
Just as an aside, since my initial post on the subject I have bought 3 CDs, and nothing from iTunes Music Store…