Tuesday, May 29, 2007

iTunes 7.2 Out, Higher Quality and DRM Free Music

I noticed that there was an update for iTunes when updating one of my Windows computers with the Quicktime security update from earlier today. At first I thought I forgot to update that computer the last time iTunes updated but then I noticed the version was 7.2. Since the version jumped from 7.1.1 to 7.2, I figured this was the update that would include the DRM free upgrade for EMI's music sold on iTunes. I checked the download page and it's confirmed:

With iTunes 7.2, preview and purchase iTunes Plus music—new higher-quality, DRM-free music downloads from participating music labels.

At the moment, there's no change in the iTunes Store. No copy protection free music, but it's late in the day. Apple will likely make one tomorrow California time. Right now, it's 11 PM and May 29th still. Even so, you can still download the new version from the download link above.

I won't repeat what has been posted a million times on the Net already, but the copy protection free music will also be twice the quality as well, 256 vs 128 AAC. The details are in this AppleInsider web page, as well as a link to a Wiki page that lists many of the artists that are EMI.

Edit to add: I see Windows Vista is now officially supported as well. Until now, Vista was not supported 100% by iTunes.


Anonymous said...

Can you post a link that says it fully supports Vista? Thanks.

Nick said...

If you look at http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/ ,the iTunes download page, it now says Vista along with Windows 2000 and XP. Until yesterday, it didn't have Vista listed.