Things Are Looking Up For iTunes

iTunes, the biggest online music store on the web, will soon be selling DRM-free music. The tracks will cost 30 cents more than the current 99 cents, unfortuantely (though whole albums will still be $9.99 as they have been since the start). DRM, or Digital Rights Management (how about ADLS - Annoying Digital Limitation System?!), is a method forced on everyone by the record companies to prevent you from making copies of your music. The DRM-free music on iTunes will have twice the bitrate as the DRM copies. Youu’l get 256k instead of 128. Not everyone can hear the difference, but some can.

Here’s the good part: iTunes will let you convert the DRM-less music to MP3 so you can play it on a non-iPod player (like my 1GB SanDisk Sansa). My question: What about music you’ve already purchased? Will Apple let you convert that, will you have to pay $0.30 more per track to convert them, or will they force you to re-buy them if you wish to convert. If it comes to the latter, you can always do the CD-RW hack (burn and re-rip as MP3).