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  • iTunes tiered pricing goes live April 7

    Apple has figured out a way to gouge the consumer again. New tiered pricing goes into effect on April 7. Popular songs will now go for $1.29 each, with the rest going for $.99 and $.69.

    ITunes: iTunes "Popular Songs Cost More Money" Pricing Goes Live April 7


    Here is a link to Amazon's music store.





    Music costs less, is DRM free and they are always having sales on albums as well as offering free music. You download a small helper app and it even loads the music straight into iTunes for you.
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    Re: iTunes tiered pricing goes live April 7

    This has been forced onto Apple by the record companies, they have long wanted a tiered pricing structure and Apple has resisted until now. But with the iTouch applications selling ap's for whatever price point has been assigned, the record labels complained even lounder.

    I suspect that If it ruins the successful business model already established of one price point, they can always return to the 99 cent price point.

    I honestly think that the record companies expect this to fail, but it's a loss they are willing to take, to push more consumers to other sites (Amazon, [the laughable]Zune, ect.) to wrench some power away from iTunes.

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      Re: iTunes tiered pricing goes live April 7

      iTunes sucks.

      the end.
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        iTunes may suck, but it's the only successful digital business model the Record Labels have been able to rely on, and have hated that.

        iTunes charges $.99 per track when they are competing with FREE on the internet. And so far have done well, though by their own admission only 3% of music on any given iPod is purchased from the iTunes Music Store. I suspect the new price structure will fail,and the labels will blame Apple. Considering the low overhead for digital delivery of music, the price structure could be lowered to $. 49 (or less), and everybody could still make money.

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          Just one more reason I prefer Rhapsody.
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              Re: iTunes tiered pricing goes live April 7

              I doubt the songs you want will actually be less than $.99. Classic evergreen tunes, and I'm sure rare sought after tunes will not drop in price.

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                  Re: iTunes tiered pricing goes live April 7

                  I have a lot of stuff that isn't available at iTunes, but I still think that the songs at $.69 will be songs that nobody have ever heard of, struggling independent artists, and songs so bad that you wonder 'What were they thinking!?' I suspect most songs will go to $1.29

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                    Gizmodo - iTunes Tiered Pricing Goes Live, We Get Gently Screwed - Itunes tiered pricing

                    Gizmodo was not able to find a single .69 song on their own. iTunes now has a link to go to there offerings though. I'll have to check once I get home to see what they're offering.
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                    • #11
                      Re: iTunes tiered pricing goes live April 7

                      It's going to be harder to compete with 'free'. Thank you RIAA, you just screwed yourself harder than a drunken tourist in Hamburgs cabaret district

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