EMI has announced that its first “premium” DRM-free album, the self-titled The Good, The Bad, and the Queen, is now available in 320 kbps MP3 format from the band’s store, which is powered by UK-based digital media delivery company 7digital. The Good, The Bad, and the Queen is headed by Damon Albarn, who is also frontman of Blur, and Gorillaz, and was present at the EMI/Apple announcement on Monday. EMI has offered DRM-free tracks in the past, but not at the higher bitrate used for this release. EMI’s DRM-free offerings won’t be available on the iTunes Store until May, where they will be offered in 256 kbps AAC format, offering roughly the same quality as this 320 kbps MP3 format release.
Charles Starrett was a senior editor at iLounge. He's been covering the iPod, iPhone, and iPad since their inception. He has written numerous articles and reviews, and his work has been featured in multiple publications.