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Join Date: May 2004
2007-04-01, 19:04

According to a maccentral news story, Apple CEO Steve Jobs will be a special guest at an event with EMI tomorrow, in the UK.

Apple, EMI to hold special event in UK on Monday
By Jim Dalrymple

EMI CEO Eric Nicoli will hold an event tomorrow in the U.K. with special guest Apple CEO Steve Jobs, according to an invitation sent to press on Sunday. While the invitation doesn’t specifically say what will be announced at the event, it does say that attendees will “hear about an exciting new digital offering.” The event will also feature a “special live performance” — further details were not available.

Anyone have any idea as to what this "exciting new digital offering" could be? Is it possible that EMI is making all of their iTunes tracks available, without DRM? Hmm...

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2007-04-01, 19:11

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2007-04-01, 19:13

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2007-04-01, 19:15

My guess:
They are going to offer the Beatles portfolio, DRM-free, as a first in a move towards a new paradigm.

What's the new paradigm I envision, you might ask of course.
I personally think that DRM is only useful - in a limited way - for new releases. "Older" music can be offered DRM-free because people usually already know someone who could borrow them the CD anyhow.

Thus in the near future music from artist who do not regularly release new material, is going to be delivered DRM-free, while releasing artist will remain under DRM. The Beatles portfolio could be used as a good first example of this new differetiation between the rights management of "older" and that of "new" music.

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Mr. Anderson
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2007-04-01, 19:19

There's no chance this is some bullcrap, cruel April Fool's tug, is there?

Otherwise, great news. Can't wait...

Bring it, as the kids say.
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2007-04-01, 19:23

Beatles on iTunes? Nah, I think it will take a bit more time... let's say christmas 2007. I also think that Applecorps/ '' would play a big role in such an announcement, not so much EMI 'the record-company'.

DRM-free music from EMI will be the big thing tommorow; 'boom!'
Mr. Anderson
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2007-04-01, 19:26

Yeah, I just read a bunch of reports online. Some of them are citing "sources close to EMI" as stressing there is NO "Beatles announcement".
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2007-04-01, 19:28

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2007-04-01, 20:01

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