EMI to Apple, Microsoft: Ditching DRM is going to cost you

Earlier this month EMI hinted it would be the first major music label to rid many of its songs of DRM. This isn't exactly "too good to be true", but there is a catch. EMI is willing to lose the DRM, but they demand a considerable advance payment to make it happen. Online music giants Apple and Microsoft, joined with smaller players including RealNetworks and Yahoo! Music, sought to indulge EMI's demands but the monetary offerings weren't enough. As a result, EMI has put the talks on hold. If a "non-DRM tax" of sorts were applied to music, online retailers would have no choice but to increase the cost of downloadable music. Why exactly should DRM-free music cost more? More importantly, would the majority of users pay more to get DRM-free content?

News source: Ars Technica

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People would not pay more for not having DRM. They would chose non-DRM over DRM however if the prices are the same.

(generalising, ignoring things like marketing etc)

What the hell!

EMI you as dumb as they come. This has really annoyed me and i havent ever brought any music online. Why should we pay for DSRM to be removed when basically it shouldnt of been put into the music industry in the first place.

"non-DRM tax" is this some kind of a joke?

PiracyX said,
What the hell!

EMI you as dumb as they come. This has really annoyed me and i havent ever brought any music online. Why should we pay for DSRM to be removed when basically it shouldnt of been put into the music industry in the first place.

"non-DRM tax" is this some kind of a joke?

oh well, in belgium we already pay a tax on blank cd's and dvd's because they might be used for copyright infringement. sucks big time

XerXis said,
oh well, in belgium we already pay a tax on blank cd's and dvd's because they might be used for copyright infringement. sucks big time

Same in Germany, it's really freaky.

Aero Ultimate said,

Same in Germany, it's really freaky.

yea, but it doesnt give you the right to put "illegal" media on it tho, which I think is a rip-off...
why should we pay more for DRM-free music? it doesnt matter whether 100 or 1million people are able to spread it using purchased DRM-free music. in the end its in the net anyways, even without drm-free music at all, so kiss my a**
this is ridiculous

Glassed Silver:mac

CD's are usually unprotected today and it's so simple nowadays with even tools integrated with Windows to rip them... Yet I have to wonder if they want more money for mp3's... Bah Even the DRM'ed music is kind of expensive when you consider the quality drop and missing disc covers.

They seem to be trying to make either us or the online stores pay more for what we already had with CD's.

I wouldn't pay extra for non-DRM music. It shouldn't have DRM in the first place. As far as I'm concerned, if they start taxing me or adding extra cost to the goods I buy to cover piracy that I didn't necessarily commit then they are giving me the go ahead to commit the piracy that I'm already paying for anyway.

Wait wait, people are already paying unreasonable price for defective music on two counts: 1) it's crippled by design, and 2) it's lossy. And they expect them to pay even MORE to fix just ONE of the problems that they are obligated to fix in the first place?!?!?!

as an aussie... I already pay WAY to much for drm'd music.... it's only a smig cheaper then CD's.. if they incress it.... forget online stuff.... I'll go back to illigal and CD's =/

if your paying almost the cost of a cd already... why not just get the real cd?... i would.

cause theres no way i would buy mp3's that are DRM "AND" cost damn near the price of the real cd... i would just go out and buy the real cd and then rip the cd to MP3's myself ... this way you have BOTH for pretty much the same cost.

say a cd costs like 15 dollars... i would have to pretty much get the FULL mp3 CD for no more than half that TOPS or otherwise i would rather just buy the real cd and rip it to mp3's myself.

Befriend a music journalist. They get given everything. Stacks and stacks and stacks.... music labels just give them away.
:P