Today’s the big day. The iTunes Music Store has started actually selling DRM-free music. I decided to vote with my wallet and go find and buy something. I’m hoping that in a few weeks we’ll see a press release stating that EMI’s music sales tripled, or something like that, and the other labels will get that clue they’ve been missing. Unfortunately, it seems as if everyone else has had the same idea, and Apple’s Internet connections anre buckling under the strain.
EMI have bought Mute. Supposedly Daniel Miller will still be allowed to run the label as he sees fit, but I’m skeptical. It’s particularly ironic considering how EMI screwed Cabaret Voltaire and Mute rescued their back catalog.