According to Ailing music biz set to relax digital restrictions the major labels are starting out 2007 by being forced to confront the fact that their use of Digital Rights Management (DRM) on their music is not in fact encouraging legal downloads as "Revenue from digital downloads and mobile content is expected to be flat or, in some cases, decline next year."
Why? Maybe its because people can’t stand the hoops that they have to jump through with DRM’d music to listen to their tunes. It will be interesting to watch the activities of those companies the article lists as pursuing the DRM-free download market: Amazon, Limewire, MySpace, eMusic and Yahoo Music. eMusic has really impressed me and if MySpace jumps on the bandwagon watch out!