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Yahoo releases DRM-free MP3

Shameless PR coup or a giant leap forward for common sense? Depends on how cynical you want to be (let's say the former then). Yahoo has announced its first DRM (digital rights management)-free MP3 music release.

Good news: this means that if you buy it, you can play it on any digital audio player, an iPod, your PC, whatever. This isn't quite as revolutionary as you might think, as this is, in effect, what you get when you buy a music CD. And with CD prices falling all the time, there's little incentive to buy a download that's limited to only one type of player.

It's also much cheaper for a company – like, just plucking an example out of the ether, Yahoo – to produce DRM-free MP3s, so they can cut costs still further. Hopefully the more paranoid artists and record companies will follow Yahoo's lead and the consumer will get a better deal. Like how the tinterweb is supposed to work.

Bad news: it's a song by Jessica Simpson. And it's rubbish. If you have to, and I mean only if you have to, buy it here. It costs $1.99. And your will to live.

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