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 Apple Changes iTunes pricing

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Apple unveiled a change in the pricing structure for its iTunes music downloads Tuesday, ending the 99-cents-a-song pricing that has helped iTunes dominate the industry.


At the Macworld 2009 show for developers in San Francisco, the computer maker also revealed a new 17-inch version of its MacBook Pro laptop that the company said offers a longer battery life.


Additionally, Apple announced revisions to its iLife and iWork software packages.


The announcements were made by Senior Vice President Phil Schiller, who delivered the show keynote in place of CEO Steve Jobs.


Schiller said iTunes will now offer three price points for songs: 69 cents, 99 cents and $1.29. It will also offer all of the 10 million songs in its library without copy protection, and will allow iPhone users to download songs through 3G wireless networks.


In a press release accompanying the announcement, Apple said the pricing of a song will be based on what music labels charge. The labels that have agreed to the pricing include the four biggest - Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, Warner Music Group and EMI.


Many in the industry has been critical of Apple's 99-cent pricing, with some executives saying that it cut into profits on hit songs that could sell at a higher price.


Schiller said some 6 billion songs have been downloaded from the iTunes Store since its inception in 2003.




iTunes also sell TV shows and movies. Are they next? DRM free "HD" programming a distinct possibility.


The Blu-ray group has been losing the battle against Slysoft with the latest implementation of their BD ++++++++ being broken months in advance. The amount of money spent on DRM (millions of dollars. Macrovision is loving this) on Blu-ray can be spent on improving the transfers of their movies. None of that hack jobs we have seen from catalog releases.


The music industry finally realized that treating your costumers - (definition: people that PAY for your product) - criminals is not the way to go. Suing them will not entice them to buy your product. Sales continue downward trend.


There are still lots of people who don't have Non HDCP compliant graphics card and without HDCP compliant display and want to watch Blu-ray. The consumers don't have a choice but spend more money buying HDCP compliant gears or remove the DRM or find a version without DRM.


Thank you Apple. I can finally listen to my Enchanted and ******** soundtrack on all of my iPods and all of my PCs.
 

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You wish they studios were that smart. Nope, they're hoping that bandwidth caps and other deals w/ ISP's will stem the tide. The old--there's not enough cheap bandwidth for people to d/l movies argument is gone. (Max 18 customer posting!)


Griping aside--I can see the network stuff ("Chuck", "Heroes", "Lost", etc.) going DRM free. Blu-Ray? Every player out there would need an update, since some genius decided to mandate AACS on all stamped media!
 

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easy for them to do since they don't actually own the intellectual property. What's the big fuss about DRM, if you buy a legit copy you should have no problems.
 

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For the record I still want to fondle my movies. Store them and display them.
 

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easy for them to do since they don't actually own the intellectual property. What's the big fuss about DRM, if you buy a legit copy you should have no problems.

If you dont have HDCP compliant devices you can't watch Blu-ray. Bought legit software.
 

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If you dont have HDCP compliant devices you can't watch Blu-ray. Bought legit software.

Well I think you can still enjoy it albeit at a reduce resolution.
 

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Well I think you can still enjoy it albeit at a reduce resolution.

You need a spanking good Sir!
 

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AACS is mandatory. If the players enforce this then the anwser is no. Whether FOX gives up on BD+ the 8 ball says outlook not so good since it actually worked for a couple weeks last round. No one has used ICT so those without HDCP are fine.
 

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Why is this in the HDTV Software Media Discussion forum?

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I was starting to think I was the only one who couldn't figure out how an article about Apple's policies regarding pricing and DRM on music downloads had anything to do with HDM.
 

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AACS is mandatory. If the players enforce this then the anwser is no

The studios will hang onto AACS no matter what. Even if all they had was ROT13 they would keep it, The reason is that as soon as some one bypasses it they get to wield the nuclear bomb of a law the DMCA against them and there is almost no defence.
 
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