There is a lot of anger over the fact that the new iTunes Plus tracks store a user’s iTunes account information into the tracks that they purchase. The deal with iTunes Plus is that it allows you to purchase tracks from the iTunes Store that are both encoded at 256kbps AAC as well as DRM-free. The DRM-free is the big deal here. The good folks at the EMI record label have taken a huge step in trying to get their songs to be playable on more players while utilizing the largest online digital music retailer in the world. So now, as long as your portable music player or desktop music player application supports the AAC format, you can purchase a track from iTunes from the iTunes Plus catalog and it will play on your player or computer without fail.
Let us recap real quick, people on the internet were complaining about DRM in the iTunes music tracks, so Apple and EMI release DRM-free tracks for purchase, the people still complain because their account information is embedded in the file. It seems that people are not going to be happy until they can purchase tracks from iTunes and upload them to their favorite P2P network.
The idea of this is just ludicrous. For one thing, the user’s account information has always been included in the download tracks from iTunes. How do you think they authorized the tracks? Secondly, you can play the fairly high quality track on any computer or device that supports the AAC format, which was really the main complaint about DRM in the first place.
It really bugs me that people can still complain even though they got exactly what they wanted, a method of playing their songs without the use of DRM. Not only that, they get the songs in a higher quality rip so it just proves that some people can never be happy with what they get.
My opinion on this issue? Well I think this is a fantastic way to track the files. If something does end up on the internet, then they know exactly who to go after, so hopefully this will end the blind lawsuits the RIAA seems to be so fond of. I am completely okay with my iTunes account information being embedded into the files, especially because I have zero intent to put the songs online. Also, as long as the tracks are not restricted to a particular device or specific computers I am pretty much okay with what they do. The bad part about DRM is that it limits one’s use of the purchased prodcut, if there are limits on use then there should not really be a problem.