but here it comes:
Everyone said Steve Jobs was full of shit on DRM-free music
but here it comes:
Why should non-DRM tracks cost 30 cents more? I think this is some sort of stupid ploy so that they can later say that demand for non-DRM music wasn't all that high. Most Joe Six Pack college kids are gonna buy the cheaper version. Then they can say with a straight face that they tried to sell non-crippled music and nobody wanted it.
April 2nd, 2007 1:21pm
I mean seriously, failing to cripple a product is a FEATURE worthy of additional cost?
How long before car dealers start offering cars with all FOUR tires on, for only 30% more?
April 2nd, 2007 1:30pm
But what if it actually works?
If non drm'd music bought more? That would settle a precedent that the market can pay more that is paying right now.
Is a brilliant move, wherever you look at it. Apple will get the good karma and differentiate even more from other companies, like microsoft who is with DRM all the way. Now apple can say "we are at the costumer's side", and still get more revenue for the same products. I'd bet that of those $0.30, half goes to emi, and half goes to apple.
Business at its finest.
April 2nd, 2007 1:36pm
It's a load of horseshit all the way 'round.
April 2nd, 2007 1:38pm
If it was non-DRM and encoded at a higher bitrate, I might sign up for iTunes.
April 2nd, 2007 1:46pm
It's also the start of tiered pricing in itunes, so they can rip-off giddy teenagers when the new p diddy's on the timberlake come out with a single, it's going to cost $5 instead of 99 cents. The labels have been demanding this forever.
"Why should non-DRM tracks cost 30 cents more?"
It's also twice the bitrate.
"Most Joe Six Pack college kids are gonna buy the cheaper version."
Give college kids some credit. Wouldn't they simply go in together on a few tracks and then share them?
We're talking about college kids in 2007, Wayne.
And twice the bitrate = worth 30 cents more? Eurgh?
April 2nd, 2007 1:55pm
Need to look that up in God's "Blue Book on Prices of Everything That Ever Existed or Will Exist."
"We're talking about college kids in 2007, Wayne."
Do college kids get stupider every year? I don't understand.
"And twice the bitrate = worth 30 cents more? Eurgh?"
Why not? If I buy from allofmp3.com, it costs more to get a higher quality version.
College kids get stupider every week.
April 2nd, 2007 2:01pm
Tell me about it.
Fucking teenagers. Hanging around. Doing NOTHING.
April 2nd, 2007 2:19pm
April 2nd, 2007 2:23pm
>> It's also twice the bitrate. <<
Should have read TFA.
OK, now I guess I need to sign up for iTunes.
Their quality is at a level I can stand, with the 256 kbs AAC encoding.
April 2nd, 2007 4:34pm
College kids buy music?
The ones who are buying music are the ones who are less 'net savvy & they're not the ones doing lots of sharing with their friends - because one of their friends would know enough about the internet to know how to get those tracks for free.
"College kids get stupider every week."
Well, granted - they haven't aspired to your high social art form of insulting the photos of you've never met, but I don't think they're quite as bad as you imply.
To be fair, I was insulting the racist/xenophobic CAPTIONS on the photos. Of course, you were never one for paying any attention to inconvenient context.
April 2nd, 2007 6:38pm
Also, note that the price did not go up for full albums - you can get no-DRM high bitrate albums for the same price as before.
And there is a transition system so you can upgrade all the tracks you bought in the past for 30 cents each.
> And there is a transition system so you can upgrade all the tracks you bought in the past for 30 cents each.
whoa. that's actually cool. imagine if the music industry allowed you back in the late 80's/early 90's to upgrade your LPs/tapes to CDs for a transition fee. they didn't of course.