Originally Posted by YodaMac
The only reason to upgrade is if you plan on illegally sharing your music with other people, right?
Aren't the DRM free versions also higher quality?
Originally Posted by mjtomlin
Not necessarily, if I wanted to listen to the music on my Zune or some other non-iPod player.
Yep. Or if you wanted to use it for a ring on your cell phone.
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.
If it was free, that would be billions of free downloads, which would cost Apple a fortune. Sure, 30 cents is way higher than the bandwidth costs, but I would assume it would be too costly to do for free.
Originally Posted by KingOfSomewhereHot
I'd rather give my kids a $29 Sansa to loose (they're kids, stuff happens) instead of a $150 iPod.
The shuffle is $49.
Originally Posted by Virgil-TB2
I'd still like to know when the tracks will be upgraded and how we will know when they are.
They should be labled as iTunes plus when they switch (as has been the case for years). And while there's probably no way to predict when an individual album will switch, Apple says they will all be DRM free by April. So you might as well just wait until then.
Originally Posted by charlituna
because you are getting a second copy of the song. you can play both.
But what value is the older, lower quality, DRM version? Once you have the new one, what reason would anyone have to ever play the old one again? Seems like it's even a waste of HD space, I would just delete the obsolete file.