In a landmark moment for the music industry, Yahoo Music just released its first download from a major label that does not come with the digital rights management (DRM) technology found on most MP3 downloads.
DRM comes in many different forms. Apple's, for instance, will not allow an iTunes file to be compatible with any digital player other than the iPod. Yahoo has long been against the idea of copy protection on MP3 files and has publicly been encouraging record labels to sell more MP3s to counter falling CD sales. This new step only affirms that the company is serious about stamping out the very annoying and not that useful technology.
Sure, it's a bit of a letdown the first major label release had to be Jessica Simpson, but that's a small price for this step towards a DRM-free music world. Here's hoping the other major players in the music industry follow this lead.