Links for 1.4.08: Reznor’s numbers, BMG’s DRM, Chuck D’s pitch…

by Josh Kimball

*Has Apple illegally bullied Microsoft out of the digital music space? [digital music the future]

*BMG to drop DRM, embrace MP3s. (It’s been coming for what seems like forever.) [buzzfeed]

*Digital music accounted for a record 10% of music purchased in 2007. [ZDNet]

*Pandora lovers outside the U.S. can now use the service again with Hotspot Shield. [mashable]

*Trent Reznor releases the numbers behind the In Rainbows style release of Saul Williams’ new album. [metal sucks]

*Chuck D wants to run Def Jam now that Jay-Z is out. [getty images]

*The New York Times reports on opera’s move to embrace more mainstream consumers by transmitting shows to movie theaters.