EMI, Apple partner on DRM-free premium music

EMI Group will soon sell digital music with better sound quality and no digital rights management restrictions through Apple's iTunes Store.

Major music label EMI Group plans to sell a premium level of digital downloads through Apple's iTunes Store. For $1.29 per song, consumers will be able to buy higher-quality digital music lacking digital rights management.

While Apple CEO Steve Jobs expresses confidence that the EMI deal will pave the way for widespread sales of DRM-free music, at least one analyst thinks that other record companies will "wait and see the proof that it worked."

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