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Vodafone ditches DRM for music

Vodafone has become the latest company to do away with copyright controls on the music sold on its site.

The move will see Vodafone abandon its policy of employing Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems and convert all its range of tracks to MP3 format.

Vodafone’s decision to remove DRM follows similar moves from Amazon, 7Digital and Apple.

Record companies with whom Vodafone has agreed the new arrangement include Universal Music Group, EMI and Sony, with talks with Warner believed to be ongoing.

This would mean that around one million MP3 downloads would be available for artists such as Lady GaGa, Britney Spears, Coldplay, Duffy and Lily Allen.

Customers who have already purchased copy-protected songs via the site will be given the option to exchange them for MP3 versions upon the launch of the new service.

Pricing has been confirmed by Vodafone, with albums at £6 and individual tracks costing £1 each.

However, bulk discounts apply for customers who buy 15 tracks or more.

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