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I saw this on CTV this morning and thought it was pretty shocking

Apple on Tuesday said every song in its iTunes library will be available without anti-piracy software by April.

The announcement came at a Macworld Expo keynote presentation at which Apple marketing vice president Phil Schiller unveiled a new top-end MacBook Pro laptop computer model and snazzy upgrades to Macintosh computer software.

"We worked with all major music companies and, starting today, iTunes will offer eight million songs DRM free and by the end of this quarter all 10 million will be DRM free," Schiller said.

"All songs will be DRM free in iTunes at iTunes Plus."

Recording studios have long insisted on digital rights management (DRM) software that prevents music from being copied.

In what may have been a concession that led to the studios backing off DRM demands, iTunes in April will break from its six-year tradition of selling songs at 99 cents each.

Songs will sell for 69 cents, 99 cents or 1.29 dollars with studios deciding pricing, according to Schiller. Music studios have long lobbied Apple to charge more for songs at iTunes.
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read more... http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2009/jan/08/yehey/techtimes/20090108tech1.html

I heard they want to raise the most popular selling songs to 1.29$ a song and the less popular for 69 cents. Not sure if that's exactly how it's going to work but I think it's rediculous. Although the songs not having any anti-piracy software attached (not that i buy music anyways off iTunes) it's still crazy they can decide to charge more for one song than another, and 1.29$ a song is just outrageous.
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Who buys songs anymore?
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#3
Kinda lame, but if i was a recording artist, i wouldnt care too much about my music being pirated.

Im also glad, because most of the things i listen to now are pretty obscure, so hopefully that means cheaper prices for me. I'd probably buy more albums off of iTunes if that were the case
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Who buys songs anymore?


lots of people, trust me. i'm sure this thread will fill with people debating how immoral it is to pirate music.
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it's still crazy they can decide to charge more for one song than another, and 1.29$ a song is just outrageous.

Why not? It's a business and they get to chose what price they sell their products at. If you have a problem with that as a consumer you have the right to not buy from them. I'm not seeing the problem.

Edit: From what I understand their price range reflects the amount of DRM on the song - the higher the price the less DRM. Perhaps you thought they were charging more for certain songs?

Edit2: Maybe I was wrong, I was basing that on what I had read yesterday. Still, who cares? Their product, their price.
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If it's not worth getting the whole CD I won't buy it
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Most artist's get jack from CD sales, and 1.29 for a song, or 10-15+ for a single, average 10-13 song long cd is ridiculous.
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#11
Why is it ridiculous? If you go to any HMV or Zavvi etc, the newest chart CDs will be the most expensive, and bargain bin compilations from the 90s will be the cheapest.

How much people are willing to pay for a song values the song and the artist in the industry. Hence a ticket for Led Zeppelin's reunion costing £125, while a local open mic night might be £5 to get in.
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yeah. it'd make most of what i'd buy cheaper
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Who buys songs anymore?


i only buy songs if i cant find decent torrents of if someone gives me vouchers

even then thats liek 2 songs a year
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Raise and lower? At the same time?

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Why is it ridiculous? If you go to any HMV or Zavvi etc, the newest chart CDs will be the most expensive, and bargain bin compilations from the 90s will be the cheapest.

How much people are willing to pay for a song values the song and the artist in the industry. Hence a ticket for Led Zeppelin's reunion costing £125, while a local open mic night might be £5 to get in.


Well ya, i see what your saying but I do think it's extremely greedy they think they can charge this much per song for low quality audio files when you can go buy a cd and get something that sounds decent. for the price it's just not worth the convenience of buying music from home anymore.
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If I wanted to buy songs, I'd buy A FREAKING CD!!!
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Who buys songs anymore?

I buy single songs if I don't like the full album.
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I download single songs if I don't like the full album.


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Sorry to bump an old thread, but its better than making my own and being told to use the search bar.

i just noticed that the price had gone up to $1.29, like wtf

this is another reason why i prefer to buy the album from the stores, itunes blows
#23
nah thats gay man, i like to have the albums. its so much better than mp3's...besides limewire can **** yo **** up
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#25
If I'm going to buy music, I want a physical copy of it and not something I easily can get for free, so I don't care.
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I saw this on CTV this morning and thought it was pretty shocking


read more... http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2009/jan/08/yehey/techtimes/20090108tech1.html

I heard they want to raise the most popular selling songs to 1.29$ a song and the less popular for 69 cents. Not sure if that's exactly how it's going to work but I think it's rediculous. Although the songs not having any anti-piracy software attached (not that i buy music anyways off iTunes) it's still crazy they can decide to charge more for one song than another, and 1.29$ a song is just outrageous.



fo you have a problem when record stores charge more money for more recently released cd's?

ITs basic economics. Itunes removed the DRM(??) protection, so this is what they get in return
#27
Wouldn't it be easier, with todays technology, for an artist to sell his/her music over the internet, taking 10 dollars or something for an album.

They would make more on that than what they would make on an actual CD-sale.

If that would work, and it would be someone who's got quite a fanbase, that would bring in money for an artist who's trying to survive.

Uhm, and iTunes is just crap. Not only do the record-companies rip off artist, but now iTunes does by only selling singles from people, how much does an artist make on 69 cents? I would not guess much.

My rant on iTunes is over.
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This has just inspired me and I have now just bought 3 new You Me At Six songs off of Itunes
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#29
itunes is lame.

you can easily get free songs nowadays anyway. doesn't make a difference for me.
#30
I used to download music illegally, I don't anymore, I either buy the CD or use Itunes, at the end of the day, you're getting the music you want, and supporting the artist, especially if they're talented and relatively new, you wanna support them, well I would/ do
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I saw this on CTV this morning and thought it was pretty shocking


read more... http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2009/jan/08/yehey/techtimes/20090108tech1.html

I heard they want to raise the most popular selling songs to 1.29$ a song and the less popular for 69 cents. Not sure if that's exactly how it's going to work but I think it's rediculous. Although the songs not having any anti-piracy software attached (not that i buy music anyways off iTunes) it's still crazy they can decide to charge more for one song than another, and 1.29$ a song is just outrageous.

69 lol
#33
Make unpopular music inexpensive? I'm lovin' this.
Of course, it doesn't matter because I just pirate the hell out of everything.
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#35
In other news, Pirate Bay has decided to raise its song prices from 0.00$ to 0.00$
#37
To the guy who said "Who buys songs anymore?"

Answer: Lots of people.
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I really don't know what to think about buying music. If I buy a CD, I'm not allowed to put it on my iPod, I have to buy a digital copy on iTunes. If I buy something from iTunes, I'm really not allowed to copy it and play it, but I can play it on my iPod. I mean wtf?

I just buy my music from iTunes and burn it to a CD usually. Sometimes I buy a CD from the store and still put it on my iPod but this stuff is getting crazy. I might just buy a record player
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lots of people, trust me. i'm sure this thread will fill with people debating how immoral it is to pirate music.


done.

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