LONDON, UK Tuesday Apr.3.2007 / -- EMI has officially ditched DRM, and has agreed to make its entire digital catalogue available free of digital rights management restrictions, effective immediately.

The announcement was made today, April 2nd at a press conference hosted by EMI Group CEO Eric Nicoli and Apple CEO Steve Jobs at EMI's headquarters in London. EMI band The Good, The Bad And The Queen helped usher in the deal with the performance of their singles, "Herculean" and "Nature Springs."

According to, the label says they will now be offering premium quality tracks on Apple's iTunes for $1.29 per song.

Jobs said, "This event is the beginning of a major shift in digital music allowing music consumers to play music on any digital platform that boasts superior sound quality."

EMI also announced that the label will be making The Beatles' back catalogue available for download. They are still working on a release date.

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