According to notices that Apple has been purportedly been sending around to its various content partners for the iTunes store, it doesn't seem like EMI will be alone in its newfound DRM-free status for long. "Many of you have reached out to iTunes to find out how you can make your songs available higher quality and DRM-free. Starting next month, iTunes will begin offering higher-quality, DRM-free music and DRM-free music videos to all customers." While not terribly clear, this seems to imply that anyone who wants to -- and we know plenty of indie labels have expressed interest -- can opt for high-bitrate and DRM-free versions of their content when iTunes launches the option next month. We would hope that labels would also have the option to ban DRM altogether, even on 99 cent songs, but it seems unlikely at this point.
Apple to iTunes partners: feel free to drop your DRM as well