EMI sees the light?


Music giant EMI is taking software locks off its digital music sold via download sites such as iTunes.

The “premium” versions of EMI tracks will lack the digital locks common to songs available via many online sites.

The move is significant because most download sites currently try to limit piracy by restricting what people can do with music they buy.

Apple’s iTunes store will start selling the EMI tracks in the “premium” format in May, with other services to follow.

Smart move. I’ll pay extra for DRM-free tracks and I suspect many other consumers will too.