Back in May, Apple jump-started the DRM-free trend when it started selling unprotected songs through iTunes Plus. Copy-protection free tracks from EMIís catalog sold for $1.29 and were encoded at a higher 256kbps quality AAC. Following Appleís lead, Amazon launched its own music store three weeks ago, offering DRM-free tracks from indie labels, EMI and, unlike Apple, Universal priced from 89 cents to 99 cents.
Now, according to Ars Technica
, Apple has responded to Amazonís launch with some price cuts of its own. Starting this week, Apple reportedly plans to price all of its iTunes Plus songs at $0.99 apiece (DRMed tracks will also remain at $0.99) and is expanding iTunes Plus to include indie music labels as well. With the recent price drop, however, I have to wonder if upgrading DRMed songs will still be possible, and if so, how much will it cost?