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December 30, 2007


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D Philip Haine

See also: the write-ups of the battle that the recording industry have been waging with Steve Jobs / Apple. The recording industry wants variable pricing (which is to say premium pricing for new high-profile content). Steve Jobs wants a single price for all songs, new or old, A-side or B-side.

This makes the story very clean and simple for consumers: $0.99 per song.

It also pumps up the revenue for long-tail content, making 30 year old filler tracks the same price as new hits. Who knows if this nets in a greater revenue?

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