Variations on iTunes song list and pricing – Japan most expensive

January 26, 2007 at 8:27 am Leave a comment

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David (MindShare Thailand) writes:

Some interesting stuff via Gizmodo about iTunes’ pricing in various markets,
including a link that suggests Japanese customers are paying an 80% premium over Americans. The blogosphere has picked up on the dramatic variations in iTunes pricing and artist availability in various markets, and the restrictions that iTunes put on cross-border purchasing, starting here. I can understand to some extent the variable pricing, although the variations seem even more extreme than I remember from working with brick-and-mortar music retailers. But why make some Japanese performers available only to home-market consumers with local credit cards?

I have had similar experiences locally, where I can “look at but not touch” iTunes’ UK stock. In the Land of Smiles (and very good copies of digital media), this policy discourages the purchase of legitimate stock and does little to accelerate The Big Switch.

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Entry filed under: asian regions, content, digital, japan, music.

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