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iTunes Pricing Rises to $1.29 For Popular Songs

Oh Yes They Did: iTunes Prices Go Up For Popular Songs

Say goodbye to the 99 cent song: Apple has raised prices on iTunes' popular songs to $1.29. While it's merely a 30 cent rise, I still have to think the same thing I did about Netflix's price increase for Blu-ray rentals: not the best time to do this, guys.

Of course, it's not all bad news — the $1.29 pricing reflects the new three-tier pricing scale, meaning there are now 69 cent songs, the old faithful 99 cent songs, and the $1.29 songs. The 69 cent songs are for "older catalog" songs, though I have yet to come across one.

What do you think of the new three-tier system?

dqueen888 dqueen888 8 years
itunes doesnt pick the prices, same way they dont pick what you can buy singular and what is album only. its just those leaching record companies that want more money because the get a cut of the profit and want more money from the popular stuff. so stop blaming itunes. its actually very good and easy to use.
Elfyn Elfyn 8 years
@macgirl Yep! I reported the post and it was gone right away. Kudos to TeamSugar for the speedy response! Too bad I can't edit my post. Now I'm immortalized with egg on my face. :p
macgirl macgirl 8 years
@Elfyn and now don't we look silly for commenting on the bad comment as it is already gone.
Elfyn Elfyn 8 years
The above post is a prime example of why anonymous postings should not be allowed!
Lyv Lyv 8 years
'Tever... The fact that people actually pay for mp3, with the whole DRM mess and all, still astounds me. If you want to support your music, why not get freaking CDs and Vinyls with actual album art that you can, like, touch and look at.
laka laka 8 years
I don't think I could ever download music. It just seems... wrong. I like tangibility and I need liner notes!
SB-Marilyn SB-Marilyn 8 years
EvilDorkGirl you already said what I was going to type. Maybe its because I'm a bit older and remember going to Tower Records to actually buy CDs.
Elfyn Elfyn 8 years
I've been getting all my music from Amazon. They only charge $.99 and their music has ALWAYS been DRM free. DRM is the reason I have avoided iTunes like the plague. I finally discovered MediaMonkey so I don't even have to use iTunes to load stuff on my Touch. Thank God!
girlwparasol girlwparasol 8 years
**And I know that TECHNICALLY the itunes downloads have a better sound quality than the Amazon ones, but really, I just listen to the songs in my mp3 player through my non-professional grade headphones. I certainly don't notice any difference.
girlwparasol girlwparasol 8 years
I rarely download anything from itunes, but really, it's because they charge a tax for it. I don't live in NY, and as far as I know, my state doesn't have a tax for digital downloads. Actually, the last time I paid for an mp3, I believe it came from Amazon, and I wasn't charged additional taxes (though they do warn that they may apply, which means they WILL charge them, but in a way that makes sense: they'll only charge the people the tax applies to). I use digital download stores as a means to buy singles - for songs from artists whose entire album I wouldn't want. Sometimes they're popular songs, too. But, I guess in those cases, I can still use Amazon. Actually, I most definitely will.
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 8 years
I'll happily pay $.30 more for a song without DRM that is legally obtained. I don't see how this is any different from the record stores selling a new album for $15.99 but selling Vanilla Ice's greatest hits for $5.99.
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