A while back Apple went DRM free with iTunes, a move heralded far and wide by sundry and all. On the plus side, losing encryption while improving audio playback is a clear value-added bonus for we longtime users. I can actually put the music I purchased onto non-iPod devices now, such as my smartphone. This has empleasened me.
On the downside, though, as I noted before, you could only upgrade your library all at once, in a massive whack — which, in my case, was more than two Franklins.* Even though the per-album cost averages (for me) $3.00, I have a hell of a lot of iTunes content.
Sometime in the last couple of weeks they appear to have changed that policy. iTunes users can now upgrade their content on a per-album and per-song basis, rather than having to blow a wad on everything at once.
This is a much more sensible and feasible approach, and has allowed me (for one) to proceed with the upgrade and downloads.
It was a nice move, and handily did away with my one irritation with the upgrade policy.
* Initially the cost was more like $140. As more upgradeable content has been added, though, the price has gone up.
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