This year we're likely going to see a lot more DRM-free digital media services from Amazon, LimeWire, MySpace, eMusic and Yahoo! Music.
More rumors are surfacing around Amazon offering DRM-free MP3s to compete with Apple's iTunes. Only this time the rumors include other MP3 download services and are coming from the mainstream press (does that make it more or less credible?). Looks like certain key executives have converted to the idea that digital downloads should be sold as unprotected MP3s.
The reasoning till now seems to have hinged on the idea that DRM is causing the digital marketplace to grow (huh?). But 2007 is projected to be a downer, or at best flat, in terms of revenue from digital downloads and mobile content. If *gasp* DRM can't continue to grow the digital marketplace (yeah, right, like it was ever the reason in the first place), then more music executives may look at DRM as an enemy. Not that it was ever really an ally, but let's let them pretend it was so that their flawed logic will make it go away.