I’m getting increasingly annoyed with the high pricing of albums on iTMS. Albums at $9.99 is pretty good… good enough that I’ll buy them quickly. But the latest N.E.R.D. album was released above $9.99 (it’s now $13.99) so I decided to not buy it at all (the CD still costs lots more). Now, the new Beastie Boys album is $14.85! I’m torn!
If I buy the CD, the labels just make more money off the purchase and it slows down the adoption of the digital distribution model (which I’m a big fan of), but if I pay the $14.85 on iTunes it encourages the labels and Apple to start pricing more digital albums higher than $9.99 (which is basically as high as they can reasonably go in my opinion).
So, I guess I might have to just steal it instead. Hrmph. They’re not making this easy on me. When are the labels going to get a clue?
UPDATE: I’ve now learned that the Beastie Boys CD has stupid ass copy protection on it, so I definitely don’t want to buy it. Celine Dion doing this I could live with, but the Beastie Boys? Man.
UPDATE2: The Beastie Boys album “http://www.beastieboys.com/news.php”>does not actually have copy-protection in the US or UK versions. The European version does because EMI releases everything in Europe with this particular copy-protection…. not just this one.