Report: EMI considering DRM-free music

Following Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ open letter on digital rights management (DRM) this week, EMI has reportedly been holding talks with online music resellers about the possibility of selling a large portion of its catalog in unprotected MP3 format.

An industry source told Reuters that EMI was seeking large advance payments from online retailers in exchange for the right to sell its music without DRM.

“Lack of operability between a proliferating range of devices and hardware and the digital platforms for delivering music is more and more becoming an issue for music consumers and EMI has been engaging with our various partners to find a solution,” an EMI spokeswoman said.