Saturday, March 28, 2009

Et Tu iTunes?

Yes you iTunes. iTunes, the world's biggest digital music pusher will introduce a new pricing structure come April. Prices will come in three tiers: 69 cents, 99 cents, and $1.29. Record prices will get to choose how their music is priced. Apple had previously had all tune available for just 99 cents.  Also, Apple gave record labels that flexibility on pricing as it got them to agree to sell all songs free of Digital Rights Management (DRM)a technology that limit's folk's ability to copy songs or move them to multiple computers. The big-head monster Apple had been offering a 'limited selection' (i.e. crap nobody else but you would want anyways) of songs without DRM, but by quarters end, they say, all 10 bazillion songs in it's library will be available that way. So Apple is going the route of "if you want a popular new song bad enough, maybe a new Beyonce or R.E.M tune, you'll pay the extra 30 cents." Kind of nasty, but well...people will pay it. 
I'm just hoping that the music I like is ahem, 'old enough' to fall into the 69 cents category.
Rock on.

1 comment:

Madam Z said...

I just listen to my old vinyl records. Of course, I can't listen to them when I'm driving my car, going for hikes, sitting at my desk at work, and soaking in the tub, but that's ok with me, because I think it's weird to go around with something stuck in your ear all day.

I know, I know...I'm an old fogey!