Jewish Music Blog

November 16, 2005

iTunes no longer 99 cents?

Filed under: Uncategorized — jewishmusic @ 1:29 pm

iTunes is currently one of the most, if not the most popular legal music downloading service. Although I’ve never used it, it is heralded as easy to use with many songs and it sets the standard for other music downloading services. All iTunes songs cost only 99 cents.

iTunes seeks to legalize a very popular method of getting music – by downloading with programs such as Napster and other file-sharing programs. Judging by iTunes’ success, I’d say that iTunes gave the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) what they always wanted. The RIAA is obviously very anti-illegal downloading, claiming that downloading music steals revenue from legitimate artists. They’ve followed up on this hypothesis by suing individual users and file-sharing programs alike. Thus iTunes – a form of downloading that is legal and easy to use with a large database of songs. You would think the RIAA would be happy with iTunes.

But you’d be wrong. As this Betanews article details, the RIAA isn’t happy with the 99 cent arrangment. It’s not enough that the record industry continues to see increased revenues, despite their claim that file-sharing harms them. It’s not enough that artists get paid exorbitant amounts of money for doing not much at all. It’s not enough – the RIAA is putting pressure on iTunes to raise their price so they can get yet more money. This type of behavior almost makes you want to download music illegally.

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2 Comments »

  1. Right on! I already blogged on this
    here. You will see that Steve Jobs had some harsh words, if you read it.

    Comment by Jewish Blogmeister — November 17, 2005 @ 4:13 pm

  2. Normally id say that RIAA would have done the research to see how an increase in price would affect the volume of downloads. But i think that its more than just the bottom line for them. Its about screwing Itunes and the rest of the legal downloads so that more people would just buy regular CD’s. As far as the artist making lots of money, i would say that as long as people are willing to pay that fee for music or concerts they are entitled to milk it for all that they can. After all, we live in a capatalist economy.

    Comment by shmuelT — December 1, 2005 @ 5:12 pm


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