Speaking at a US music industry event, EMI’s senior vice president of digital, Lauren Berkowitz, said that the company has seen success with its DRM-free sales. “The initial results of DRM-free music are good,” Berkowitz said. EMI is currently selling DRM-free music through both iTunes and 7Digital, with plans to offer their catalog through both Amazon and PassAlong Networks. Berkowitz also said that the move to a DRM-free format has boosted sales of digital albums and individual songs alike, using Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon as an example — sales of the classic album have jumped 350 percent since it has been offered in DRM-free format.

Charles Starrett

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.