Maybe they ARE serious

Sony will be selling DRM-free tracks through Amazon. Hopefully this means they’ll drop that stupid trading card scheme.

Now that Amazon will sell DRM-free tracks from all major labels, that leaves iTunes as the only significant store still selling DRM-crippled music. I’ve bought a lot less music in iTunes over the last year for that reason. When I want to buy an album, I always check eMusic first, and if it isn’t available I’ll then try Amazon. I’d only buy it in iTunes as a last resort, if I can’t find it elsewhere.

How NOT to sell DRM-free music

Sony BMG can’t possibly be serious about wanting to sell DRM-free albums. The only explanation for their hare-brained scheme is that they want to be able to say that they’re dropping DRM without actually doing it.

To download one of their DRM-free albums (no individual tracks are avaialble), you need to go to a store, buy a card for a specific album, and then go home and enter the PIN from that card to actually download the album. Not all of their music will be available that way, only a select group of 37 albums.

Of course you could just buy a CD as long as you’re going to the store and rip it when you get home, although the RIAA considers that illegal.