Online music services bump up prices

— 1:56 AM on April 9, 2004

Wired has the scoop on an interesting trend that has online music services charging more for albums than retailers charge for CDs.

For months, digital-music services have been touting albums for $9.99 to entice more people to buy online. But Apple's iTunes Music Store has been charging $16.99 for Fly or Die, while Napster sells the 12-song collection for $13.99. Both prices are higher than the $13.49 that charges for the CD itself. The same pricing shifts are showing up on albums by a growing slate of artists, from Shakira to Bob Dylan.
There's even talk of jacking up the price of select single-song downloads to cash in on more popular tracks. Weren't digital music services supposed to be a cheaper alternative?
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