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Should Popular Songs Cost More on iTunes?

One of the announcements that caught my eye from this year's Macworld event was the change in how much iTunes music downloads will cost. Starting in April, songs will cost either $0.69, $0.99, or $1.29. So far, Apple's just said the songs will be priced according to what labels charge them. But there's one theory going around that the $1.29 price will apply to "the handful of the most sought-after songs," which drive the majority of iTunes sales in the first place.

On the one hand, I don't mind paying $1.29 for "Single Ladies" if it means I can download more obscure stuff for less. But on the other hand, couldn't the most popular songs be cheaper because more people will be buying them? And what happens when last year's big single isn't so popular anymore — is it $1.29 forever?

So many questions, but let's start with the basic one: Is it a good idea to charge more for popular songs?


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Sarana Sarana 8 years
It makes sense that the newer songs are ore expensive than older ones. Although I had rather seen that the old songs just went down in price and the new ones stayed the same. New ones are easily downloaded for free elsewhere, so making them more expensive might not be smart on their part.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I don't know if I like this or not :shrug: I just think it's ridiculous that they want to charge more when a lot of people just download music for free. The only reason I use itunes 99 percent of the time is because it has better quality but I'll probably just buy real CDs instead if the prices keep going up.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Maybe if the popular, crappy music cost more, then I could get the good, less-popular music for cheaper :)
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 8 years
Arienne -- you'd probably be interested in this: "Those who purchased DRM-ed songs from iTunes will be able to upgrade them to the DRM-free, better-sounding versions for 30 cents a song." Problem solved. I also think there is a way to un-register one of your old laptops so you can continue to play your DRM music forever and ever. Well since most of the music I like isn't really that popular, I don't see this affecting me much. Still, $1.39 for a song seems like a pretty good deal to me, especially if they're DRM-free.
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
its like blockbuster.. new releases are always more expensive than the older movies... they should all be the same price.. although many people wouldn't pay 99 cents for a culture club tune over the 'hot new' rihanna track... i would though.
Allyace Allyace 8 years
All I know is that I will be seeing if they will be the same price on Amazon...
arienne arienne 8 years
Along with the higher prices, the sound will be higher quality (like iTunes plus is now) and DRM free. I am very excited about the DRM issue. I work on my laptop and as a heavy user, I tend to go through them pretty quicky. I get a new one every couple years. I'm now on my third laptop since I first started using iTunes. That means two more laptops and I will no longer be able to play my own music. (The DRM controls allow the music to be authorized on five machines). That sucks! So I am willing to pay a little extra to illiminate those controls.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
I never buy digital music period because I hate that. I prefer physical purchases and I rather have the music on CD to begin with than have to back up digital on CD, which is better quality sound than digital.
Cris1192 Cris1192 8 years
Talldiva thats why you back the songs up on CDs
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 8 years
I have personally never bought a song on iTunes. Although I like the fact that you can pick and choose what songs to by instead of buying a full album in the store I feel like it is a rip-off in the end even if 99 cents a song. I mean, what happens if something happens to your computer - then you are F***! That sucks to have invested all that $$.
Kiralee Kiralee 8 years
I just went on Apples Website and they are stating; "And in April, based on what the music labels charge Apple, songs on iTunes will be available for 69¢, 99¢, or $1.29, with most albums still priced at $9.99." So it really is about the labels, I didn't know that they are charging Apple. That's only fair in my eyes.
Kiralee Kiralee 8 years
First off, I'm not complaining about the new pricing but here is what I'm thinking about it One of the things that I loved about iTunes was that the songs were under a dollar. So every know and then I bought a song (sometimes even two) just because it didn't seem like spending to much money. But now with some songs holding a 1.29 pricetag I know I'll be more hesitant about spending my money. Yes it's only .30 cent but I know I'll think twice before clicking on that gray BUY button. On the other hand I'm very excited about the lower prices. Cause who knows what songs will be cheaper, maybe songs that you love?! Only time will tell. I don't think it will be categorized by popularity. The record labels/artist will probably decide the price.
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 8 years
I hate the idea of paying more because I like something that's more popular, but that's how every business is!!
Katharine Katharine 8 years
I'm not happy about the change in pricing structure. I think all songs should be the same.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
one of the reasons that i got to iTunes vs physical stores is that i know that i'm getting a decent price for just the one song rather than paying a premium. there are other outlets that we can get music that it just doesn't make sense to me that they would feel the need to charge more. i wonder what type of impact this will have for apple.
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