US mega-retailer Wal-Mart is abandoning DRM on all of the music downloaded from its online store. The company’s new all-MP3 policy will have it offering music from EMI and Universal Music Group. Both companies had previously supplied songs to the DRM-free area of Wal-Mart’s web store.
Wal-Mart has yet to reach online distribution agreements with Warner Music Group and Sony BMG.Wal-Mart’s decision to rid itself of DRM comes as it finds itself competing with Apple, Amazon.com, MySpace and several other online music retailers that have embraced or are moving towards DRM-free downloads.
iTunes was the US’s biggest music retailer in Jan, having overtaken Wal-Mart for the first time.