Apple has today announced that iPhone users no longer need to be connected to a Wi-Fi network in order to access the iTunes store from their phone. Starting today, users can access iTunes to download music and podcasts via 3G directly to their iPhone. Purchases on iPhone will then be transferred back to your computer when the device is next synced. At present, it is also possible to access the iTunes Store via the slower Edge connection on the iPhone although this has not been publicised by Apple.
Apple has also announced that 8 million of the iTunes Store’s 10 million songs are now available without Digital Rights Management (DRM) as part of iTunes Plus, with the remaining 2 million following suit in March. Users have the option to upgrade their entire library to the iTunes Plus standard for 20 pence (30 US cents) per song or 30% of the album price.
In April, Apple will also be adjusting the pricing of iTunes music into three bands; 59 pence, 79 pence and 99 pence ($0.69, $0.99 and $1.29 in the US) depending on the release date and profile of individual songs.
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