Sony BMG Confirms DRM Free Music

Sony BMG Confirms DRM Free Music, But Will Force Customers to Visit A Store To Buy It:
As we reported January 4, Sony BMG will become the last of the big four record companies to sell DRM free music, but with one very stupid catch. DRM free music from Sony BMG will be available from January 15 to those who purchase a plastic card called the "Platinum Music Pass" for the album they want from a retail store for $12.99. Buyers will then have to visit MusicPass.com and enter a code to download the DRM free album they selected in the store.

According to a USA Today report, Best Buy, Target and Fred's will be first stores to offer the cards, with Winn-Dixie, Coconuts, FYE, Spec's and Wherehouse to follow. When we first wrote about Sony BMG offering DRM free music we were positive on the move, and it still is a step forward, but forcing customers who want to buy digital music into a physical store where they will be forced to pick the album then and there, then go home to download it...WTF?. It's nearly like Sony BMG is setting this up to fail, so they can then go back to only selling DRM infested music whilst saying that there wasn't demand for DRM free music because this experiment failed.

News source: Tech Crunch

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so to buy music from home, i have to go to a store and purchase a card then i can buy that album from home. Sounds great

WTF? There's nothing right about this. It makes no sense at all. Why wouldn't I just buy the CD? I don't understand. Leave it to Sony to be completely out of touch with reality. I don't know how Blu-ray is gaining ground (and I probably don't want to know).

hahah IDIOTS....

the whole point of the internet is to make it easier, this just adds a step and is a complete waste of time, do they want to end piracy or promote it.. this doesnt help their cause..just makes it less likely poeple will actually buy music..

OMG... what kind of idiot thought of that !!! Don't those people have any common sense to realize that buyers of digital music will never go through that hassle.

I take bets that this will be among the worst business decision of 2008

Yea, right. So, I have to go to the music store to buy this card thingy. I go home, essentially empty handed, go to the PC where i should have started in the first place and download what i could have already ripped from the CD I just bought at the store where I could have gotten a multi-pass card.....and on and on it goes.

So, if 9 songs out of 10 suck, too bad, you still have to but the whole CD anyway. leave it to Sony to bugger the whole deal. What a ripoff.

agreed, thats why this is pathetic

fergiej said,
Yea, right. So, I have to go to the music store to buy this card thingy. I go home, essentially empty handed, go to the PC where i should have started in the first place and download what i could have already ripped from the CD I just bought at the store where I could have gotten a multi-pass card.....and on and on it goes.

So, if 9 songs out of 10 suck, too bad, you still have to but the whole CD anyway. leave it to Sony to bugger the whole deal. What a ripoff.

I agree....they just wanna control everything in the world...

What you eat, where you go....and God damn it what you do with music you bought.....

AT least you did not download for free...