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6:00 PM ET, April 2, 2007

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emigroup.com:
EMI Music launches DRM-free superior sound quality downloads across its entire digital repertoire  —  EMI Group CEO Eric Nicoli today hosted a press conference at EMI's headquarters in London where he announced that EMI Music is launching DRM-free superior quality downloads across …
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
EMI, Apple partner on DRM-free premium music  —  update EMI Group will soon sell digital music with better sound quality and no digital rights management restrictions through Apple's iTunes Store.  —  EMI's entire music catalog will be available in premium DRM-free form via iTunes in May …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
EMI, Apple To Sell DRM-Free Music for $1.29/song  —  Update: MP3 file of the press call is here.  —  April 2, 2007: The day DRM died.  —  The surprise press conference in London today with today EMI CEO Eric Nicoli and Apple CEO Steve Jobs just started a few minutes ago (1 pm London time).
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
iTunes Store will sell ENTIRE EMI CATALOG DRM-free!!  11!  1ONE!  —  Hallelujah!  Apple and EMI just announced that they will be selling DRM-free Apple songs through the iTunes Music Store.  The songs will cost 130 percent of the price of the existing crippled songs, and you'll get to choose.
Discussion: The Tao of Mac and Gadget Lab
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Steve Jobs and EMI present "an exciting new digital offering" — live!  —  So what will it be: DRM-free music downloads, the Beatles on iTunes, both or something else entirely?  We'll see shortly as things are about to kickoff in London for EMI's and Apple's announcement of "an exciting new digital offering."
USA Today:
EMI will sell songs without copy protection on iTunes  —  Apple and EMI Music shook up the music industry Monday by announcing plans to sell more than 150,000 digital songs without copy protection.  —  The songs — from Coldplay, Norah Jones, and other artists on the giant EMI record label — can be freely copied.
Discussion: Gear Live
AppleInsider:
Jobs talks new iTunes functions, DRM and video, iPod storage [transcript]
Discussion: Apple 2.0
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:   EMI Dropping Copy Limits on Online Music
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:   EMI, Apple Remove Music's Copy Locks
Eliot Van Buskirk / Gadget Lab:
Will Your MP3 Player Support Apple/EMI's AAC Files?
MacNN:
Norwegian official applauds Apple, EMI
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and Infinite Loop
Jane Wardell / Associated Press:   EMI, Apple to Sell DRM-Free Songs Online
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
Update/Joint Statement with Chris Locke  —  Chris Locke and I agreed to publish a statement, together (both in our own words) in advance of the story which will appear tomorrow (Monday, April 2) on CNN, at 7:20 AM (EST) on "CNN American Morning", and throughout the day on other CNN shows.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Onward!  —  Glad to see that Kathy Sierra and Chris Locke …
Discussion: One By One Media
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Topix reinvents itself as citizen journalist site  —  Topix is reinventing itself from a software-based news aggregator site to a citizen journalist hub where anyone can submit news and photos and sign up to be a volunteer editor selecting featured stories.  —  The site also has redesigned …
Discussion: Download Squad and Webware.com
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Karen / Official Google Blog:
About the New Orleans imagery in Google Maps and Earth  —  Posted by John Hanke, Director, Google Maps/Local/Earth  —  This weekend, there has been a lot of discussion about our imagery of New Orleans in Google Maps and Google Earth.  I thought I'd give you some background that may clear things up …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
With Sonopia, you too can be a telecom mogul  —  Sonopia, two-year-old Menlo Park, Ca. company launches service tomorrow that lets anyone — even you — create their own mobile carrier.  —  You can create your own calling plan, within limits of course, and sending your customers alerts …
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USA Today:
Music games won't be solo gigs anymore  —  Guitar Hero was just the opening act.  MTV and the developers of that video game have a headliner in the works called Rock Band, which lets four music lovers gig together in person or online.  —  Expected in stores for the year-end holidays …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Search Funnies: The April Fool's 2007 Roundup  —  April Fools Day was yesterday, and the search engines along with others in the search world, went all out.  Here is a roundup of the different pranks played.  — TiSP: Google Flushes Free Wireless Broadband For All was on every blog and technology news site yesterday.
Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Hoping to Move Guitar Notations Into the Legal Sunshine  —  IF budding guitarists fail to master "Stairway to Heaven" in the coming months, they can no longer blame the music publishers.  —  Because of an agreement in March between MusicNotes, an online music publisher and the Harry Fox Agency …
Discussion: Techdirt and The Trademark Blog
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Warner's Digital Watchdog Widens War on Pirates  —  Hollywood studios spend millions every year trying to get people to watch their movies.  At Warner Brothers Entertainment, Darcy Antonellis is trying to get them to stop watching — illegally, that is.  —  Ms. Antonellis oversees …
Tribune Company Press Releases:
Tribune to Go Private for $34 Per Share  —  Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Created  —  Sam Zell to Invest, Join Board  —  Chicago Cubs and Comcast SportsNet Interest to be Sold  —  With the completion of its strategic review process, Tribune Company (NYSE:TRB) …
 
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