Detroit News asks: Would you prefer iTunes' current fixed p...

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Aug 27, 2005.

  1. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    For purely selfish reasons? I'd want whatever came out ahead for MY specific habits, and that depends on exactly HOW much each song cost, so I can't answer.

    Except I can: I'd want it to stay fixed. Becauce variable opens the door for the RIAA to play games I don't want them playing, a la Japan.

    And for consumers in general, simplicity is a big benefit of iTunes. Look at the bad reviews of other download services with variable pricing (and even terms). Confusion is bad.

    There's enough confusion in iTunes due to the few "album only" songs. If the labels want to play games with new releases they can do it that way for a while. Don't give them any more tools to pester music shoppers.

    It would seem that the poll agrees with me :)
  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    fixed. duh. its not broken, they don't have anything to fix.
  3. hob macrumors 68020


    Oct 4, 2003
    London, UK
    If Apple were in this for the profits they'd have been straight out the door, I hear they barely make a cent on each song?
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Apple *is* in it for a profit ... just a hardware profit. ;)

    I dunno about the record execs' ideas about variable pricing...that is, I'm not so sure they'll really spur any sales. As for me purchasing, I suspect that the music I want falls on the lower end of the popularity scale, for the most part... but I'm not sure.

    I just want to see more music availability in the store.
  5. winmacguy macrumors 68020


    Nov 8, 2003
    New Zealand
    whats 500,000,000+ x .5c = $$$
  6. Alkard macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2004
    Frankly, I'm surprised this scenario doesn't occur to more people...
  7. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    500M songs * $0.005/song (your figure) = $2.5M dollars. That is substantially less than 1% of the $320M in profits Apple reported in fiscal Q3/05 (and that's comparing one QUARTER of profits to everything ever sold on iTMS, isn't it?)....
  8. Stella macrumors 604


    Apr 21, 2003
    Fixed sum, definitely.

    Once again, the music industry is getting too greedy. Their overwhelming lust for more and more profits drive music piracy. They fail to address or acknowledge the issues of high prices == more piracy. Music is way over priced, with very little quality.

    Online music costs record companies extremely little - there are no duplication costs, no media costs - i.e., blank CDs, packaging etc, yet they expect consumers to pay the same or nearly the same amount for CD singles. WTF.

    Its called Ripping Off the consumer.

    I really want to see the day when artists can bypass Record companies and offer their material directly to online music stores.

    As well as ripping off the consumer, record companies, of course, rip off the artists.

    As for subscription.. if prices are jacked up due to record company demands - pay $xx for one month subscription and audio hijack all the music you want...

    Where is DVD Jon? Its about time he cracked WMA DRM isn't it?
  9. JeDiBoYTJ macrumors 6502a


    Jun 22, 2004
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    In a way, iTunes is already using Variable pricing. Not for individual songs, but for albums. if you look, some albums have 12-13 tracks, and sell for $9.99 at the store, while other albums that have 13+tracks go for a couple bucks more

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