Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Not so sweet: iTunes plus launches

Apple has unveiled its new iTunes Plus service in the US - which is basically called that because it's iTunes plus a tax of an extra 30 cents a piece for being allowed to use your music as you choose. There is, however, one glaring problem with the system: you can upgrade hobbled, DRMed tracks if there are new versions available, but only if you want to do all of them at once. So, if you've got a large slew of EMI stuff in your iTunes, and only want to upgrade one or two tracks to the new shiny format, you're effectively stuffed.

Or even if you've got 95 EMI tracks you'd like to upgrade and three you don't, you're still going to have to lash out the dollar for the upgrades you don't want, as the other option would be to just rebuy the other 95 from scratch.

Which seems like a, what's the word? - oh, yes, a con.

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