Universal Music Group Ramps Up DRM-Free Testing

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As reported by Billboard.biz Denver correspondent Antony Bruno, the Universal Music Group, which holds a 26-percent market share, is planning to "test selling digital music without digital-rights management on a massive scale.

"UMG will begin selling 'thousands' of albums and individual tracks without DRM beginning August 21 through January. Participating digital outlets include Rhapsody, the Rhapsody-powered Best Buy store, Wal-Mart, PureTracks and Transworld, as well as the Amazon.com digital music service once it goes live.

"In most cases, the DRM-free tracks will sell for the same cost as their protected counterparts, although in a variety of file sizes, depending on the retailer."

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