Napster's now selling its entire, multi-million-track catalog as $0.99 MP3s! Another nail in DRM's coffin.
"It's great that we have finally gotten here," said Chris Gorog, Napster's chairman and chief executive. "It is really the beginning of a level playing field, which I think is essential for Napster, but also for the health of the digital music business in general."
Tracks downloaded as part of Napster's subscription service will continue to have copyright restrictions.
For much of the decade, major record labels refused to license their music for downloading as MP3s. But steep annual declines in CD sales and the growing dominance of Apple Inc.'s iPod music players and its iTunes Music Store led the labels to ease that position last year to remain competitive.