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Google to Sell Music

Kevin [PersonRank 0]

Friday, August 10, 2007
12 years ago2,342 views

I don't know if this is a typo or what, but TUAW says that Google is going to sell DRM free music:

tuaw.com/2007/08/09/universal- ...

Kevin [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I guess the NY Times reported it first: nytimes.com/2007/08/10/busines ...

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Oh thank god. As soon as i saw the title of this thread i thought "DRM NOOOOOO!!!!!"

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

NYT:
<<But Apple’s proprietary D.R.M. does not work with most rivals’ devices or software – meaning that music sold by competing services cannot play on Apple’s popular iPod.>>

Don't understand this sentence. Why should Apple's DRM stop a competing service, who might have DRM-free music, to play on an iPod? You can just import normal MP3s right?

So this sentence says "nascent" Google service... wonder if it will be connected to Google Music Search, or be something altogether different and new?

<<Universal, the world’s biggest music conglomerate, said it would offer albums and songs without the software, known as digital rights management, through existing digital music retail services like RealNetworks and Wal-Mart, nascent services from Amazon.com and Google, and some artists’ Web sites.>>

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I found the answer: "UMG will use Google’s AdWords search-based advertising program to drive digital music purchases through a social commerce site called gBox." (billboard.biz/bbbiz/content_di ...)

Colin Colehour [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Philipp, Most of the music retail stores use weird formats for their music files. For example, The Real Player music store uses a .rax file format for its music tracks that it sells. These music tracks won't work on new ipods created after 06/2006. Wal-Mart sells both MP3s and WMA format music tracks. But none of the WMA tracks will work with the ipod. The problem is not everyone wants to sell music tracks in the MP3 format.

Martin Porcheron [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Colin, AAC is not a propriety format, it is the successor to MP3 and so far the only company to really use it is Apple (I think the PS3 uses AAC).

> You can just import normal MP3s right?
You just drag it into iTunes the MP3 is converted to AAC. Granted it's not the good to convert tracks to another format.

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

>> You just drag it into iTunes the MP3 is converted to AAC.

AFAIK iPods can play MP3s (and unprotected WMAs) without converting them to AAC.

Colin Colehour [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

iPods and iTunes can play MP3s without have to convert them to AAC. iTunes also gives you the choice between those formats if you want to rip CDs that you own.

Martin Porcheron [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I wasn't aware that the iPod played MP3s, mainly because iTunes spent ages converting them all to AAC before syncing with my iPod.

From en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPod
"Apple does not support Microsoft's WMA audio format — but a converter for WMA files without Digital Rights Management (DRM) is provided with the Windows version of iTunes"

Haochi [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

>>I wasn't aware that the iPod played MP3s
iPod is the God of *MP3* players.

From en.wikipedia.org/wiki/iPod
"iPod can play MP3, AAC/M4A, Protected AAC, AIFF, WAV, Audible audiobook, and Apple Lossless audio file formats."

DPic [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Ogg FTW!

Martin Porcheron [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

> iPod is the God of *MP3* players.
True, as an iPod owner I couldn't be happier, although I've never been interested in what formats it can play mainly because nearly everything I own has been imported from CD into Apple Lossless and any music I drag into iTunes gets converted to AAC automatically.

This topic has gone a bit OT though :P

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

iPods are the only good thing apple have made. And there only good because of the click wheel. Otherwise i would have sommat else

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