Acceptable copy prevention?

So Apple has started selling DRM free tracks (iTunes Plus). It’s not actually mp3’s, but Apple’s own m4a-format. DRM-free means you can copy them as much as you like to any device/computer and listen to them. Just like you can take a CD and listen to it in any CD-player. Progress!?!

But the story does not end her. Some smart people have had a closer look at those files :

Such is the situation with Apple’s new DRM-free music: songs 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.

Besides any potential privacy aspects, I believe that this is actually quite a smart move, and even more so because people can convert the files into mp3’s without the personal information, taking into account an acceptable loss of sound quality. If you’re really concerned about sound quality, you should buy vinyls or CD’s anyway.

 Found via Stereogum