31 May 2007
Apple, as mentioned earlier today, is rolling out iTunes Plus, which vends DRM-free music at a 30-percent price premium.
I can't say that I'm surprised by this:
[S]ongs sold without DRM still have a user's full name and account e-mail embedded in them, which means that dropping that new DRM-free song on your favorite P2P network could come back to bite you.
We started examining the files this morning and noticed our names and e-mail addresses in the files, and we've found corroboration of the find at TUAW, as well. But there's more to the story: Apple embeds your account information in all songs sold on the store, not just DRM-free songs. Previously it wasn't much of a big deal, since no one could imagine users sharing encrypted, DRMed content. But now that DRM-free music from Apple is on the loose, the hidden data is more significant since it could theoretically be used to trace shared tunes back to the original owner. It must also be kept in mind that this kind of information could be spoofed.
Not being in the habit of spreading around these things I've never so much as looked at a torrent, unless it was one of the canonical types, with rain and everything I'm not going to have my BVDs transformed topologically by this revelation. As always, your mileage may vary.