There is really not much more I can say about this. While 0.99EUR/USD definitely would have been nice, this deal is still a great first step into the right direction and I really hope, that the other major labels will follow EMI’s lead in this.
According to Golem.de the prices of the albums will even stay the same no matter if you take the DRM’d or the unDRM’d version.
Now I wonder if Apple will now also make it possible for other labels to publish unprotected music. Given that the unprotected AACs will have a bitrate of 256kbps, if they do, then probably at the same price since the customers have the quality advantage besides the unDRM-advantage when getting the unprotected songs.
I can’t wait to get my un-DRM’d digital version of the new Depeche Mode album :D