Good News for iPod owners: Apple is slashing the price of its premium DRM-free music tracks offered on iTunes. The iTunes website, which sells the only DRM protected music compatible with the iPod music player, has offered DRM free music tracks for a while now. However, those tracks cost more money than your average iPod only songs.
While 99 cents would allow you to gobble up your protected track, youâ€™d need to shell out 1.29 for a DRM-free version. This made iTunes songs that could play on any MP3 player available, but at a cost that made them a bit less desirable. (Authorâ€™s note: a little known fact about iPods is that they are fully capable of playing DRM-free music. They cannot, however, play anything with a DRM protection other than that of Appleâ€™s iTunes.)
But this higher price was not to last: Amazon has started hawking MP3s of itâ€™s own, and without any DRM nonsense cluttering the issue. And they price much of their music below even iTuneâ€™s lowest prices (between 89 and 99 cents). This is the reason many speculators give for Appleâ€™s price drop. One thing is certain: DRM free tracks are now 99 cents on iTunes, the cost of an original DRM protected song on the website. Which does beg the question: Why would anyone who doesnâ€™t own an iPod shop at iTunes?