Warner to Sell DRM-Free via 7 Digital

I nearly missed this: 7 Digital (one of EMI’s original DRM-free partners) today announced that they will be selling DRM-free MP3 tracks of Warner Musicís entire catalogue. A welcome move that reflects the growing realization among the music industry that dropping DRM is a becoming a strategic centre-piece rather than a tactical sideshow. As we predicted back in April last year, the DRM-free tide is becoming an innevitability rather than a possibility. It does of course leave Apple looking increasingly exposed with its DRM catalogue limited to EMI with all the other majors making varying degrees of their catalogue available DRM-free with other retailers.