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Universal offers DRM-free music

French artist's album sold without DRM

Universal Music France has released French singer-songwriter Emilie Simon’s album as a DRM-free download.

The recording is available through her website in unrestricted MP3 and WMA formats while also being sold elsewhere with DRM through French online retailers and commercial services such as iTunes.

The DRM-free version of the album was issued digitally on 28 February and as a physical retail copy on 5 March. It’s only available to residents of France and although it has generated just a few dozen sales, Universal expects shipments to rise on the back of the DRM-free publicity.

Universal’s DRM stance has already been tested by EMI, which experimented with DRM-free music downloads when it released a number of its tracks as unrestricted MP3s in December last year.

Universal Music France said the DRM-free experiment doesn’t change the company’s overall policy on rights management.


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