13 January 2008
DRM Loses Last Friend as Sony Turns to Amazon
If DRM had a MySpace page, its only friend would be Tom - and, as we all know, his friendship comes with the sign-up. Sony BMG dealt digital rights management a one-two punch when it announced it would start selling songs from its massive library on Amazon -- DRM-free. This is a major victory for the e-tailer's fledging music store and another sign that DRM controls on premium digital music may soon be a thing of the past. Sony BMG becomes the fourth and final major label to turn its music collection over to Amazon MP3, the site Amazon launched late last year as an all DRM-free alternative to Apple's iTunes Music Store.