Sony BMG Set To Debut DRM-Free Online Music Service
According to Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, CEO of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, the company is currently developing a DRM-Free, online music subscription service that would give users unlimited access to its music and be compatible with a host of digital music players including the Apple iPod. The news was revealed in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper.
As for costs to subscribers, the newspaper quoted him as saying that the “simplest option would be a flat rate” fee per month of around €6 to 8 ($9 to $12) for unlimited access to Sony BMG’s entire music catalog and that the downloads would be compatible with all players, including the ubiquitous iPod. He went on to say that it was “even possible that clients could keep some songs indefinitely, that they would own them even after the subscription expired.” Wow…
Schmidt-Holtz didn’t reveal an official date or timeline for when the service would premier.