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Common Errors – iTunes Sells DRMed Music

I’ve had a few conversations lately with people who say they won’t buy music on iTunes because they think it has DRM.  This is simply not the case in the US and hasn’t been for some time.

While most downloaded files previously included restrictions on their use, enforced by FairPlay, Apple’s implementation of digital rights management, iTunes initiated a shift into selling DRM-free music in most countries, marketed as iTunes Plus. On January 6, 2009, Apple announced that DRM had been removed from 80% of the entire music catalog in the U.S. Full iTunes Plus availability was achieved on April 7, 2009 in the U.S., coinciding with the introduction of a three-tiered pricing model; however, television shows and movies are still FairPlay-protected.

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