Apple has officially scrapped digital rights management (DRM) from any of the EMI Group songs downloaded from its iTunes Store.
Yesterday (Wednesday), the company made good on its promise to scrap the copyright protection that limits where downloaded songs can be played and distributed.
One of the more significant elements of this move is that iTunes songs without DRM can now be played on other portable players.
The DRM-free songs cost slightly more than the protected versions, and users also have the option of "upgrading" existing playlists for a small fee.
Apple expects that more than half of its iTunes songs will be DRM-free by the end of the year.
Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, is on record urging other music groups to follow EMI's lead and remove the copyright protection from their songs.