Following the release in DRM-free MP3 download of the Jessica Simpson single, Yahoo! Music has signed a deal with Hollywood Records (a division of Disney) to sell Jesse McCartney’s new album, “Right Where You Want Me” in the same restrictions free format.
The news has sparked again the recurrent debate about the future of digital music sales and the adoption of restriction free formats by digital distributors. Analysts seem to agree that these recent moves form Yahoo! Music are in a still very early stage and that any outcome is too weak as an example to extrapolate. In fact, only if big portions of mainstream catalogue were readily available in MP3 format and not only a few tracks is that trends could be determined.
In a recent debate we conducted in our Blog (link here), readers were very much divided on the DRM non-DRM subject. While some did defend the DRM free model, many said they didn’t have a problem with the current services they have been using, although there seemed to be a few users that used a larger collection of music encoded from their CD collection rather than buying on line often.