In a bold move, EMI and Apple are making music by some EMI artists — including Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones and Coldplay — available on the iTunes music store free of DRM (Digital Rights Management) controls and at a higher quality of audio encoding (256kbps, AAC).
While this looks and sounds like a move in the right direction, there is a cost increase of
102% 30% over the normal iTunes per-song charge.
Update: I mistakenly applied the DRM-free video price as the DRM-free music price — hence the earlier miscalculation of a 102% increase in price. The correct increase is 30%. I have corrected the body and title of this post. Thanks, Marc, for catching that.