8 Replies Latest reply: May 15, 2009 4:34 AM by ed2345
Steven Winget Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
Macworld reported back in January that by April 1 there would be tiered pricing in the iTunes Store. Today is May 13. About three weeks ago there was a link on the main Store page to a list of about 20-25 rock songs and 20-25 R&B songs that were selling for 69 cents. Since then I can find no new links. I do see many of the new releases selling for $1.29 as expected, but I also expected to find many more old library titles selling for 69 cents by now. Can we assume that we are simply meant to discover the lower-priced songs on our own, or is there some delay?

24-inch iMac G5 (Aug 2007 model), Mac OS X (10.5.7), 2.8 GHz, 2 GB memory
  • Mike Johnson12 Level 5 Level 5 (6,395 points)
    The iTS is an outlet as any store. If the goods are not released by the content owners/copyright holders then there is little that the iTS can do.

    MJ
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,830 points)
    Can we assume that we are simply meant to discover the lower-priced songs on our own

    Pretty much, yes. I don't know of any listing by price on the iTunes Store (other than the Albums Under $9 and Albums Under $7 sections) nor any way to search by price.
  • ed2345 Level 7 Level 7 (20,790 points)
    I have noticed many cases of other online music download stores offering the same songs at lower prices than the iTunes Store. Most stores sell in MP3 format, which is compatible with iTunes/iPod and virtually every other player and program.

    Feel free to shop around.
  • Pc 2 Mac Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    That is a good point, just remember the ITS has upgraded it's format so you do get a better sampling rate.
  • ed2345 Level 7 Level 7 (20,790 points)
    Pc 2 Mac wrote:
    That is a good point, just remember the ITS has upgraded it's format so you do get a better sampling rate.


    Better than what? Almost all online stores use 256, and some use 320. Some even sell WAV files.
  • Mike Johnson12 Level 5 Level 5 (6,395 points)
    The iTS sells .m4a or AAC (or DRM. m4p previously) files which are a higher quality then a mp3 at the same bit rate.

    MJ
  • Pc 2 Mac Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    Yes, you are correct, I stand corrected. Poor choice of verbiage on my part. It's all good, but I am glad you stated it. My point was just yeah you can get it cheaper but I would take the higher quality music over the .20 or .30 cents. And the ITS did lower the price from $1.29 to $.99 so I have to give them credit for that also.
  • ed2345 Level 7 Level 7 (20,790 points)
    Mike Johnson12 wrote:
    The iTS sells .m4a or AAC (or DRM. m4p previously) files which are a higher quality then a mp3 at the same bit rate.

    MJ


    Mike, At 128, AAC is noticeably better than MP3. When you get to 256 the differences largely vanish. Look at this Planet of Sound article provided by Zevoneer. At 192 AAC is slightly better. At 320 MP3 is slightly better.

    Also as a general rule, MP3 is a more convenient format for more purposes: you can burn them directly to MP3 discs, you can edit them in Audacity, and they work in a much greater variety of players and programs.

    It is however a personal choice.