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WSJ: Downloading music gets more expensive

updated 07:30 am EDT, Wed April 7, 2004

Online music pricing up

The Wall Street Journal carries a story today on the . Apple, for example, is charging $17 for N.E.R.D.'s new 12-track Fly or Die album, while Napster charges $14--both higher than the $13.50 Amazon is selling the physical CD for. All five major record labels are also reportedly discussing ways to raise the price of single downloads, from increasing the price anywhere from $1.25 to $2.50, to bundling hot singles with less desirable tracks or charging more for singles of tracks that have not yet been released in stores.




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  1. Toyin

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Whatever

    Personally, I love when an artist don't stick to the $9.99 per album pricing scheme. If you charge $.99 per song despite how many songs are on the album, you can bet that I'm only going to buy the tracks that I like. I win and the record company loses.

    If they start charging more than $.99 per song, I won't keep buying music for long.

  1. njfuzzy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    ARGH

    Now that it is a success, the record labels want to overcharge for online music too.

    Listen, you morons: People don't buy your damn music because a CD isn't worth $18. Paying $10 and not getting the CD, liner notes, etc. was a stretch, but people will do it. Paying $18 would be milking people.

    I predict that the record labels will do this. Then illegal downloads will go through the roof and legitimate downloads will die.

  1. CambAngst

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Sigh

    Don't these idiots ever learn? This is the sort of c*** that made file sharing such a big thing in the first place.

  1. bipto

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not again

    These record guys are idiots. Now that something comes laong to pull their bacon out or the fire, they go and ruin it the same way they ruined CDs by doing what put their bacon in the fire to begin with.

    Thus ends the Golden Age of legal music downloading.

    Now, where did I put that copy of LimeWire...?

  1. nattt

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Oh dear

    Radio is free to the end user. If the end user paid what the radio station pays, then music would be as near as free as possible, without actually being zero. The price charged already on the downloads is an abomination. Music is, quite frankly, so devalued, and the true value of a CD on the open market is just a few of dollars (what you'd get if you sold a cd to a second hand store), not much over the media and packaging costs.

  1. Seqiro

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Stupid

    I mostly buy independent music, but since the iTunes store opened, I've bought a few more mainstream albums and songs that I otherwise would have resorted to P2P or otherwise just skipped since the price was so low.

    Raise that price, and you stop making money off of me because the value is gone. Plain and simple. I've only got so much money to spend and DVDs are a better bargain once you get over $10.

  1. PBG4 User

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I can't believe it

    The record companies will do this and legal music downloading will come to a halt.

    Of course the RIAA will spin this as the result of Kazaa and push for more crazy laws.

  1. vickys_box

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    The future

    Will be artists selling direct to their fans. It's happening now. No record company to bother with; no third party rip-offs.

  1. John G. Stillmank

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    The whole point

    "All five major record labels are also reportedly discussing ways to raise the price of single downloads, from increasing the price anywhere from $1.25 to $2.50, to bundling hot singles with less desirable tracks or charging more for singles of tracks that have not yet been released in stores."

    What morons! For me the whole point of using the iTunes Music Store is that I don't have to buy the many crappy songs that are "bundled" on a CD with the one or two good ones. To increase the price by any means is pure greed, plain and simple.

    If "all five major record labels" are working on new ways to cooperate to price-fix downloads now, the way they did CD prices before they got caught, then I guess the justice system has more work to do, and we consumers have to start voting with our ears by saying "NO!" to these idiots.

  1. Xapplimatic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Are they whacked?

    I think someone just hit them with the stupid stick. Limewire and Caracho, here we come... I've been buying most of my music legally over ITMS, but if the prices go up... The customers will up and go... K?

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