Online music services bump up prices
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 Amazon.com 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?