Originally Posted by YodaMac
Not sure what all the fuss is about.
The only reason to upgrade is if you plan on illegally sharing your music with other people, right?
If your music has played fine on your iPod and Mac all this time - it still will.
If you're a true audiophile (nut), then you'd be buying physical media and ripping your own. Those few bits improvement aren't going to make your iPod sound any better in the car or jogging through noisy streets anyways, right?
I have NEVER had an issue with DRM in all the years I've been using iTunes. So what's the fuss all about?
Hey, count yourself lucky. But it's best to not take such a broad assumption that it's going to be for piracy. Besides, it's not that hard to pirate the DRMed file, DRM generally confounds legitimate uses too. It reduces convenience in streaming to non-Apple brand devices. Also, it removes the risk of odd errors on computers you stream music to but forgot to authorize the computer, like what Front Row gave me, it took me a while to realize that the generic error stemmed from an authorization issue. Having to manage authorizations is an unnecessary inconvenience that wouldn't happen if the tracks were bought on CD and imported. So why should iTunes tracks be any different?
Originally Posted by mjtomlin
If you REALLY wanted to upgrade just a portion of your music, you could always temporarily remove those other unwanted songs from your library. When you're done upgrading, move them back into your library.
Originally Posted by McDave
Good to see it's not just me who has nostalgic moments of weakness. Maybe the author should drag the embarrassing tunes out of his library, into a folder, upgrade the library then drag the files back in (or maybe not!). It's not very 'Apple' but given most iTunes users are Windows-based this kind of file-fiddling should be second nature.
I don't think you two read the story, because if you did, you would know that doesn't work, I can attest to that. A track downloaded to a different computer and never copied to my main computer still shows up on my list.
Originally Posted by nagromme
The process is very simple, and I think, fair. It doesn't offer a lot of customization, though, it's true. I don't see it as a problem except for people who buy a lot of music they don't like... a habit that carries a downside no matter what
I'm just glad that free songs don't get upgraded--that's clearly stated, and it makes sense. I don't WANT to upgrade all those free songs, I want to upgrade the songs I chose to buy--and that's how the system works.
If they offered a more complex and customizable process, I can see one song I wouldn't upgrade... saving me 30 cents. Not worth it--I'll accept the simplicity of the current system.
Lucky for you, but it's not just about that. What if you liked the song at first, but a few years later, are sick of it? That never happens to you? Or you bought a lot over the years, a little here, a little there, and want to upgrade in chunks to keep the cost manageable?
Originally Posted by eric42
Why should there be an upgrade fee at all? The music was $.99 with DRM. It is (for the most part) $.99 now that it's DRM-free but I have to pay $.30 per song because I made the mistake of giving Apple my business too early.
Seems to me it should be a free upgrade now that DRM-free is going to be the norm.
Is this upgrade fee being imposed by Apple, by the labels or both?
Keep in mind that it's a lot more fair than in the past in regards to media sales. If a band remastered an album, what kind of a discount to owners of previous copies of the album get? None. A remastered version of a movie, with deleted scenes or a new re-cut of a movie, or add actor commentaries, what kind of discount do existing owners get? None. There may be exceptions, but the general rule is that you don't get any credit for having bought the previous version. In most cases, you got what you paid for, you were not promised free upgrades.
Originally Posted by Dave K.
If I understand everything right, I will have to re-download all of my purchased music again if I upgrade my library (since the DRM free tracks are of higher quality than my originally purchased music).
Yes. You have to download the extra data to get the higher bitrate. Your upgrade doesn't remove the encryption from your existing file, they just send you a newer, bigger and hopefully better sounding file, but that depends on the file, your equipment and your ears.