As the music industry transforms and ultimately ditches DRM--and it will happen probably sooner than we think--one question is left hanging: What happens to the tunes you bought already with DRM restrictions? On a feature at RealMoney (subscription required) called Columnist Conversation Michael Comeau asks an interesting question: "If DRM gets abolished, I wonder if Apple (AAPL) will allow people to download songs they've already purchased in the unrestricted mp3 format.
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John Panzer works in AOL's identity group. On Valentine's Day, he announced that AOL is supporting OpenID, a URL-based, open standard for user-centric identity on the 'Net.
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