theMET Minute: Bite Size News Updates

We're introducing a new segment today called The Met Minute where we'll aggregate some of the best news stories we think you'll like and give them to you in one nice little bundle. Enjoy! This one's on tech: * At Macworld this morning, Apple announced that iTunes songs are now DRM free. Song pricing will also be offered in three tiers instead of just one, $0.99 cents, $0.69 cents, and $1.29. – Gizmodo * Any track bought prior to today from iTunes' store can upgrade to a 256-kbps, DRM-free version for 30 cents. Once in your library, it's also a right-click to convert to MP3. – Lifehacker * iPhoto 09 will have built-in support for online services Facebook and Flickr and has three additional features – Face Detection, Face Recognition, and Places – for tagging faces, names, and places. – Mashable * New 17-inch MacBook Pro: Apple completed its notebook refresh with this new model, which brings the unibody design, trackpad button, and new displays to the company's largest laptop. It will cost $2,799, the same price as the current 17-inch MacBook Pro. – CNET * Best Buy will offer refurbished Apple 3G iPhones in 350 stores. Refurbished phones will be available at all Best Buy stores by the end of January, the retailer says. Prices aren't cheap, but at least represent a modest savings. Refurbished iPhones will cost $149 and $249, depending on the memory. (Original prices: $199 and $299, respectively.) – USA Today

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