European cellcos remove DRM from music stores


In their enthusiasm for mobile music revenues, European carriers are increasingly doing away with digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. The latest is T-Mobile in Germany and Austria, which has lifted DRM copy protection on all tracks in its Mobile Jukebox store.

Vodafone has made a similar move, starting in the UK, and designated last Friday as ‘Free Music Friday’ as it removed DRM from its UK store. On that day, it gave away eight free tracks (from a selected list) to anyone coming to Vodafone Music Store, which normally charges 49p per item.

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