Napster moves to MP3-only music download format

Napster, one of the largest digital music retailers, said Monday it would start selling downloads in the MP3 format from the second quarter of this year in the latest blow to copy protection for songs bought online. Napster had sold songs protected with Microsoft's Windows-based digital rights management (DRM) to prevent buyers from illegally making multiple copies or distributing songs to other users.

But the use of DRM, originally mandated by the world's largest music companies, has proved unpopular with consumers. Many have been frustrated to find that songs they buy can only be played on certain compatible digital players or could not be moved from one computer to another.

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Smart way to go, follow Apple's lead and get rid of DRM. Late last year, Steve Jobs spoke passionately about removing DRM from the industry.

internetworld7 said,
Smart way to go, follow Apple's lead and get rid of DRM. Late last year, Steve Jobs spoke passionately about removing DRM from the industry.

Apple's lead? There were a lot of sites just selling mp3s before Apple decided to.

And didn't Amazon offer mp3 right around the same time Apple did?

Danrarbc said,

Apple's lead? There were a lot of sites just selling mp3s before Apple decided to.

And didn't Amazon offer mp3 right around the same time Apple did?

No, no, no, your confused. Apple always leads the way and everyone else in the technology sector follows. Apple is always first to innovate.

T.W. said,
Rubbish. They are other sites that have been doing it even before Amazon or Apple.

It's called Sarcasm bud... loosen up.