April 2, 2007 05:32 PM PST
Apple and EMI
agree to sell tracks that are DRM-free online. EMI can sell them independently in any format, and Apple will charge a $0.30 premium for the DRM-free tracks ($1.29 per track) in AAC format.
Initially, the thought was that Steve Jobs' Thoughts on Music
essay was the catalyst to this deal, but it's now coming out that EMI wanted to do this independently
. Regardless, it's an interesting move that deserves discussion. Since we never got around to discussing Jobs' essay, feel free to bring that in too.