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Apple on Friday began offering iTunes Store customers a new service called Complete My Album that allows them to turn their individual tracks into a complete album at a reduced price by giving them a full 99 cent credit for every track they have previously purchased from that album.

Music fans can now round out their music collections by upgrading their singles into complete albums with just one click, and get full credit for those songs they have previously purchased from iTunes, said Eddy Cue, Apples vice president of iTunes. Complete My Album is a wonderful new way that iTunes helps customers grow and enjoy their music collections.

Complete My Album offers customers up to 180 days after first purchasing individual songs from any qualifying album to purchase the rest of that album at a reduced price. When users buy any song on iTunes the corresponding album will immediately appear on their personalized Complete My Album page with the reduced price listed.

For example, Apple said a user whos already purchased three 99 cent singles and decides to buy the corresponding $9.99 album would be able to download the remaining songs to complete the album for just $7.02, without having to buy the singles again.

iTunes continues to revolutionize the digital music industry by offering music fans innovative ways to explore and enjoy new music, said Thomas Hesse, president, Global Digital Business and US Sales, Sony BMG Music Entertainment. With Complete My Album, iTunes is giving music fans the best of both worldsthe ability to discover great new music by buying just the single and a credit toward the purchase of the complete album.

Apple's iTunes Store features the worlds largest digital media catalog with over four million songs, 350 television shows and over 400 movies. The store has sold over two billion songs, 50 million TV shows and over 1.3 million movies, making it the worlds most popular online music, TV and movie store.
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Apple on Friday began offering iTunes Store customers a new service called Complete My Album that allows them to turn their individual tracks into a complete album at a reduced price by giving them a full 99 cent credit for every track they have previously purchased from that album.

Music fans can now round out their music collections by upgrading their singles into complete albums with just one click, and get full credit for those songs they have previously purchased from iTunes, said Eddy Cue, Apples vice president of iTunes. Complete My Album is a wonderful new way that iTunes helps customers grow and enjoy their music collections.

Complete My Album offers customers up to 180 days after first purchasing individual songs from any qualifying album to purchase the rest of that album at a reduced price. When users buy any song on iTunes the corresponding album will immediately appear on their personalized Complete My Album page with the reduced price listed.

For example, Apple said a user whos already purchased three 99 cent singles and decides to buy the corresponding $9.99 album would be able to download the remaining songs to complete the album for just $7.02, without having to buy the singles again.

iTunes continues to revolutionize the digital music industry by offering music fans innovative ways to explore and enjoy new music, said Thomas Hesse, president, Global Digital Business and US Sales, Sony BMG Music Entertainment. With Complete My Album, iTunes is giving music fans the best of both worldsthe ability to discover great new music by buying just the single and a credit toward the purchase of the complete album.

Apple's iTunes Store features the worlds largest digital media catalog with over four million songs, 350 television shows and over 400 movies. The store has sold over two billion songs, 50 million TV shows and over 1.3 million movies, making it the worlds most popular online music, TV and movie store.

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What if I've bought five or six singles? This is a good start, but it isn't quite there yet.
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I was just about to leap for joy until I saw that....

Sebastian

Don't you think it's impressive that they were able to do this at all? In my 30 years of listening to music this is the first I've ever heard of or seen such an offering through any (legitimate) channel of distribution.

The restrictions may have to do with price breaks either on the wholesale side (record distributors) or the retail channel (Apple)... Someone eats the cost of discounting the tracks out of their own profit margin. Apple's margin on iTunes is low and the record companies have also had to make concessions on their margins to get premium splashes, static ads or feature pages in the iTunes Music Store. The same things are true of any business... You can go down to Nordstrom's and find many shoes marked down but you will almost NEVER find a pair of Ferragamo dress shoes on clearance.

Even if the reason they don't give you a break on every album is just to preserve earnings, Apple keeps coming out with appealing products with great industrial design because they have substantial earnings that can be reinvested into continuously evolving the product line.
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Don't you think it's impressive that they were able to do this at all? In my 30 years of listening to music this is the first I've ever heard of or seen such an offering through any (legitimate) channel of distribution.

The restrictions may have to do with price breaks either on the wholesale side (record distributors) or the retail channel (Apple)... Someone eats the cost of discounting the tracks out of their own profit margin. Apple's margin on iTunes is low and the record companies have also had to make concessions on their margins to get premium splashes, static ads or feature pages in the iTunes Music Store. The same things are true of any business... You can go down to Nordstrom's and find many shoes marked down but you will almost NEVER find a pair of Ferragamo dress shoes on clearance.

Even if the reason they don't give you a break on every album is just to preserve earnings, Apple keeps coming out with appealing products with great industrial design because they have substantial earnings that can be reinvested into continuously evolving the product line.

I think it's impressive, and the 180 days is actually pretty good, much better then say... 30 days. It's the qualifying albums that gets me because out of my entire library, maybe only half the songs that I don't have the complete album for isn't "qualified" for it.

Sebastian
EDIT: I've been checking my songs... forget I said anything actually. I just finished checking all of them and it's not as bad as I thought it would be. Actually it seems unqualified albums are singles (of course) and that's about it. I just wish there was more details to begin with.

The Funny thing is I won't be saving anything. I noticed while checking, a lot of the albums rose in price.

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Seems that only some music labels have agreed to support this feature (obviously Sony are one of them), hence it is only supported on qualifying albums. Slewis points out that the cost of having this feature is an increased album price. It's good for those people who have 3 singles from an album though, and it gets rid of one argument against online music sales about buying the same track multiple times when you get both the singles and the albums. This gives iTunes another advantage over physical distribution. Now all they need to do is sell lossless music...
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I had suggested this in iTunes' feedback page, so this is great news. I hope Apple will be pretty inclusive of albums and put out preview tracks as numbered album tracks rather than as singles that don't generate an album credit.

I don't know how the margins work, but this will probably cause me to spend more money on iTunes than I do now -- both by (1) taking more chances on songs I'm thinking about getting the full album and wind up doing neither and by (2) completing albums.

EDIT:

iTunes is showing me 378 albums, so selection looks good. You can rank by expiration date -- also good.

The only negative: This is the sort of thing you would expect to see announced at a music event, so maybe this means we're not getting an event for a while. (I'll still impatiently waiting for The Beatles.)

EDIT 2:

Also nice: When you pull up an album page in the store, it grays out the tracks you already have and shows you the Complete My Album price. ... Hmm, it looks like this only works if you go to the album page from the Complete My Album page.
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What if I've bought five or six singles? This is a good start, but it isn't quite there yet.

Then you get the cost of the 5 or 6 singles knocked of the price of the album.

Ian
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"Apple on Friday began offering iTunes Store customers a new service..."

Today is Friday already?
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"Apple on Friday began offering iTunes Store customers a new service..."

Today is Friday already?

Saw that too! Woohoo! Weekend starts tomorrow!
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I just did the "complete my Album" with Me'shell Ndegeocello, I had all but five of the songs, and I was able to get the rest for 4.95.
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I think it's impressive, and the 180 days is actually pretty good, much better then say... 30 days. It's the qualifying albums that gets me because out of my entire library, maybe only half the songs that I don't have the complete album for isn't "qualified" for it.

I note that I have a lot of albums available that I bought singles for a LONG time ago. Of course, most of the songs I purchased came from albums that I didn't want to purchase, so its not much of a great thing.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, free song downloads don't qualify.
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This is pretty smart. It finally now offers a way to purchase music in a way that cds can't.
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This is great since I'm usually faced with a dilemma when an artist pre-releases a song from the album. I didn't always want to buy the song if I knew I'd likely get the whole album later. Conversely, if I had already bought one of the songs, I was a lot less likely to buy the album. This seems like a really fair deal for consumers.
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I just did the "complete my Album" with Me'shell Ndegeocello, I had all but five of the songs, and I was able to get the rest for 4.95.

And how much would those same five songs have cost you if you bought them without this 'deal'?
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I was just about to leap for joy until I saw that....

Sebastian

All "qualifying album" means is you must have bought at least one song from that album, that is all.
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What if I've bought five or six singles?

Then you'd pay even less to complete the album.

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This is a good start, but it isn't quite there yet.

How do you figure? The only thing I see to fret about is the fact that there's a time limit on it... you have to complete the album within a few months to a year of buying the single(s) or the option goes away. Other than that, it's a money saver in a lot of cases.

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Now all they need to do is sell lossless music...

Or even 320 kbps AAC. It's pretty tough to hear the difference between that and lossless... most ppl can't.

Of course, if you're gonna bother to do 320 kbps, you might as well go the xtra step and just offer lossless... I suppose you could charge more for it too.

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This is great, overall, but what do you bet that some in the music industry (i.e. labels who chose not to make their music available for this) are going to whine and cry about how everyone is going to lose their shirt over stuff like this and waaah waaah waaaah whine bitch moan cry.

If anything, this is a revenue-enhancer. A lot of people on the fence about buying the rest of the album will now buy. But again, it'll be another case of Apple doing something smart while (some) record companies bray (in dinosaur-ese, of course), "Goddammit Apple, you're making us go BROKE!!!".

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What if I've bought five or six singles? This is a good start, but it isn't quite there yet.

What were you hoping for, exactly?
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There has to be a time limit obviously because songs can't stay 99c forever, everything goes up over time. They wont be 99c in 12 years time for example. 6 months is plenty of time to figure out whether you want the full album of not. If one can't decide within 6 months they probably have other more important issues that need sorting. Try going back to the shop you bought that single in in five months time to ask them for a few dollars off the album price and see what response you get?

As for me I just purchased 'American V' for €6, I'm very pleased with that.
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post #22 of 31
Me happy. Can now complete the Dixie Chicks' latest album... I'll get 11 tracks for $7.02.

63 cents a song. Not bad.

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Me happy. Can now complete the Dixie Chicks' latest album...

I hope you're a girl.
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And how much would those same five songs have cost you if you bought them without this 'deal'?

Good catch. I suppose it only makes financial sense if the cost of the album is less than the cost of buying all the tracks separately, such as an album with twelve tracks going for $10. Otherwise, it's just a convenience feature.

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This is pretty smart. It finally now offers a way to purchase music in a way that cds can't.

All along, iTunes has allowed us to pick which tracks we can buy without making us buy the whole thing. That was not possible on CDs.
post #25 of 31
i love it, this is fantastic, i followed the link from the email and it is so easy to see which tracks i have purchased, i have 962 albums i can choose from, i already bought 5 albums, the only complaint is that the "best off compilation " albums don't include songs purchased from normal albums released by the same artiest, i'm going to have a few duplicates, but overall its a great idea, its going to be a very long, and expensive day for me, now all i need is a nano that can fit all my songs, is this what they mean by the halo effect
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I hope you're a girl.

You can't be a guy and like the Chicks? C'mon, get real.

You're not one of those guys who hates 'em because they dissed GW Bush, right?

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You can't be a guy and like the Chicks? C'mon, get real.

You're not one of those guys who hates 'em because they dissed GW Bush, right?

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I don't know this Bush person you speak of.
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You can't be a guy and like the Chicks? C'mon, get real.

You're not one of those guys who hates 'em because they dissed GW Bush, right?

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Considering Ireland is, well, Irish, I'm guessing that's a no
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Considering Ireland is, well, Irish, I'm guessing that's a no

Yeah, I know he's Irish. He implies it in his location field. But there's insane people in every country, sad to say.

Look at Tony Blair, Bush's 'Iraq buddy'.

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But there's insane people in every country, sad to say. .

Too true. Look at Frank777...

I mean there can't even be 1% of Canadians who support Bush... and we've got one right here.
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After actually using it (see above post) it's exactly what I was hoping for,no gripes
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