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Amazon, Walmart also sell songs near $1.29

updated 11:20 pm EDT, Tue April 7, 2009

Amazon MP3 Raises Prices

Amazon MP3 and Walmart weren't immune to pressure for variable song pricing and today started quietly charging higher prices for popular songs. In particular, about 10 of the top 100 songs on Amazon now meet the same $1.29 prices as similar tracks on iTunes, including recent Beyonce, Britney Spears and The Fray songs. Walmart's store, in turn, is now charging $1.24 per song for some titles and has a section dedicated to tracks at the higher price, most of which have been long-term hits rather than just recent releases.

Lower prices are also in effect for older or less popular songs, with some tracks selling for $0.79 at Amazon while Walmart carries others for as little as $0.64.

The quiet price hike confirms that Apple's unofficial switchover date for variable pricing on its store is part of a larger move to raise prices across the industry. Concerns had been raised that the music industry might target Apple specifically after an initial comparison of prices this morning had suggested only iTunes was carrying the higher prices. Major music labels have publicly expressed a desire for such pricing after the emphasis on single downloads over albums, as well as plummeting CD sales, hurt the traditional music industry as a whole.

Apple chief Steve Jobs and other critics of major music labels have actively resisted variable pricing in the past as too confusing to shoppers and more likely to discourage them from buying expensive new releases. The company's agreement to allow flexible prices is known to have come in exchange for allowing all songs to be sold without copy protection, a sticking point which Universal, Warner and others have used as leverage by giving unprotected tracks early to Amazon, Walmart and others while withholding them from Apple until it gave in to their terms.



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  1. lamewing

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Aug 2004

    +3

    No one is safe

    I guess no one is safe from the greed of the record business.

    Sorry, not all songs are being sold without DRM. Instead, many of them have just disappeared off of iTunes.

  1. chelsel

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    Joined: Aug 2007

    +5

    recession pricing?

    Since when is raising prices during a recession the right thing to do!? Seems to be a peculiar strategy.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

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    Geesh

    Apple chief Steve Jobs and other critics of major music labels have actively resisted variable pricing in the past as too confusing to shoppers and more likely to discourage them from buying expensive new releases.

    First off, Albums are variable price. How do consumers become easily befuddled with song pricing, but album pricing, well, that was never a problem.

    Maybe this explains why Apple never puts their products on sale, or allow retailers to change the price. Or offer more than a handful of products.

    And what's the problem with consumers being 'discouraged' from buying new releases? Wouldn't that just prove Apple's point, which in turn would force back what they want?

    Plus it might cause those considering buying new releases to wait, then later realize that, no, they didn't really need to have the latest Britney c*** at all, and save themselves $1, let alone a $1.30.

  1. zaghahzag

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    Joined: Aug 2006

    0

    news for you retards

    if you think the popular ones should have a premium, lower the prices on the rest of the stuff, and you'd make more money.

    raising prices = more piracy.

  1. JackChapman

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    song prices

    i think that amazon and walmart selling music is a good thing.

    Utimately the more music sale points there are the better for the artist.

    Cheers,

    Jack
    http://sell-your-songs.com/

  1. JackChapman

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    Joined: Jul 2009

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    song prices

    i think that amazon and walmart selling music is a good thing.

    Utimately the more music sale points there are the better for the artist.

    If artists are looking to sell songs, its good to have multiple points to do this.

    Cheers,

    Jack
    http://sell-your-songs.com/

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