If you've been skipping the daily double-wet-cappuccino in order to save enough money to upgrade your iTunes library to the DRM-free iTunes Plus format, you can put coffee back on the menu. Apple has dispensed with the iTunes Store all-or-nothing upgrade policy.
Until Thursday, anyone who wished to upgrade his or her music from iTunes' protected format to iTunes Plus was required to upgrade every track in their library. That's no longer the case. Travel to the iTunes Plus upgrade page (which you can do by clicking the Upgrade to iTunes Plus link on the Store's Home page) and you'll discover that not only can you click a large Buy All button to upgrade your entire protected collection, but you can now click Buy buttons next to the protected albums or tracks in your library. When you first do so, you'll be prompted to agree to a new license agreement. Once you do that, you're free to upgrade songs, albums, or music videos individually.
Prices haven't changed. It still costs 30-cents to upgrade a track, approximately one-third of an album's current purchase price to upgrade the album ($9.99 albums can be upgraded for $3), and it costs 60 cents to upgrade a music video.
This story, "ITunes Plus Goes a La Carte" was originally published by Macworld.