Damon Albarn releases EMI's first DRM-free album

Former Blur member Damon Albarn's latest music project is the first EMI album to be released without copy protection: Kingdom of Doom, by The Good, The Bad & The Queen, is available to download as 256Kbps MP3 files. The Good, The Bad & The Queen is made up of Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon, Tony Allen and Simon Tong. EMI said that the unlocked files give fans the option of choosing to play the music across a range of devices and platforms, including digital music players, mobile phones and home music systems. "We are delighted that this amazing band's songs can now be purchased directly from their website in a format that can be enjoyed on all music players," said Eric Nicoli, chief executive of EMI Group. Apple's iTunes service will be the first online music store to receive EMI's DRM-free downloads.

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atleast someone is finally attempting a DRM free option so i gotta give em credit there... and in article it says 256Kbps mp3 files which i dont think i can complain there much either (192 is min i would ever consider buying myself, MIN)

but then again if you paying close to cd prices for the mp3 album you would be better off getting the real cd and then ripping it to mp3's yourself

Actually the album is not Kingdom of Doom, that is just one of the singles from their new album, which is The Good, the Bad & the Queen.

Second, the band has no name. People just started calling them The Good, the Bad & the Queen.

AAC is fine. It's supported by Microsoft, Sony, Nokia, and will probably be the next "mp3". It also has no licensing costs for content distribution.... mp3 does. Plus it's not owned by any one single company.... not to mention the sound quality is better than mp3.