DRM means: pay it again, Sam

While I cheered the new iTunes Plus, introducing songs without DRM I wasn’t expecting that Apple would charge its users again the the musing they have already bought. It’s incredibly bad for the customers and it shows once again why DRM is bad for society. From iTunes Plus: a primer:

As Apple goes all iTunes Plus by its self-imposed end-of-Q1 2009 deadline you’ll be able to upgrade your previously purchased iTunes songs for $0.30 video upgrades are $0.60 and albums for 30% of the album price. The gotcha is in the upgrade process. You cannot choose which songs, music videos or albums to upgrade individually. You must upgrade all music at once by using the Buy button

It’s the same old song: Pay it again, Sam.