With many companies now experimenting with or investing in offering DRM-free music, such as Amazon
, bigger media companies are starting to take notice. Now, one of the industries biggest players will be offering DRM-free music on a test basis, starting later this month.
Universal Music Group, through Rhapsody, will start offering
DRM-free music starting on August 21st. They won't, however, be extending the same offer to iTunes users. While UMG isn't commenting on why they will not be offering DRM-free music on iTunes, some possible reasons include bitterness between Apple, who is reluctant to raise music prices.
Universal is following up on EMI's lead
, who became the first large conglomerate to deploy music in this fashion. Hopefully, this trend will continue – and expand.