There has been a lot of discussion in the past 24 hours about whether Apple’s pricing scheme is fair. In case you haven’t read, they’re charing USD 0.99 per song, and between USD 4.99 and 9.99 per album. I am going to try to explain, from a technical standpoint, why music is expensive to produce and therefore, why a buck a song is an incredible price for the consumer. Click ‘read more’ for the full story.
After watching Steve Jobs’ presentation of Apple Computer’s new Music Store, I eagerly downloaded iTunes 4 and helped contribute to the log jam of waiting customers that overwhelmed the service initially. Later in the evening all was well and I settled in for a few hours of shopping. Click ‘read more’ for the full story.
Already, debate has heated up about pricing on the iTunes Music Store, both in and outside the music community. Competing services claim their unlimited monthly fees are a better option to Apple’s pricey .99 per song / $4.95 – $9.95 an album. Some users are already complaining that traditional CDs are a better deal. It all depends on how you look at it. Click ‘read more’ for the full story.
Well, folks, we should have a great week of music coverage, including in-depth iTunes / iPod coverage as well as info on making your own music, as long as I can pull myself away from iTunes Music Store long enough to work on it — assuming credit card companies don’t pull me away first. We’ll start out with an examination of the user experience of the software. Click ‘read more’ for the whole story.