But it looks like the labels prevailed in sticking it to consumers on one last point. Anyone who wants to upgrade their entire existing iTunes Library to DRM-free versions of the same songs, can conveniently do so with one click. But it is going to cost you 30 cents a track to do so. That’s right, you have to pay again for songs you already bought. Let’s see, 6 billion songs X 30 cents = $1.8 billion in potential upgrade fees. That’s a music tax, plain and simple. No wonder the music companies finally relented.

It still won’t save them.

This is EXACTLY why I’ve only downloaded a few albums through the iTunes store and purchase a lot of music through Amazon. I’m not convinced most people will care though.

The Price Of Going DRM-Free: Apple’s Hidden $1.8 Billion Music Tax