Originally Posted by addabox
The only reason it appears that people aren't willing to pay more than 99¢ a song is that that is the price that Apple has made ubiquitous. They've been able to do that because they struck deals with the labels back when the labels thought Apple land was a safe little test bed for online sales.
Now that Apple has become the dominate player in online music sales, they have the clout to enforce a pricing structure the labels don't like. If the labels succeed in breaking Apple's dominate position, they will change that pricing structure. That should be clear enough-- it's the only possible reason for providing Amazon with DRM free songs while withholding them from Apple.
If the labels won't provide material to the company charging 99¢ a track (which they can't get away with at the moment because of that company's market dominance, but are doing everything they can to end that dominance), then it won't matter at all what you think people are willing to pay-- they'll pay whatever the prevailing rate is. If labels can steer enough business to Amazon to be able to simply withhold hot new titles from Apple, then they can charge whatever they want.
Mel is telling you that you are supporting that scenario, which is ultimately self defeating. It has nothing to do with protecting "Apple", per se, just the pricing structure.
You make a great point but I think (my opinion here) the moment the record companies, artists, valets, etc..... are seen as being even more greedy than they are now, people will simply go back to "REALLY" stealing music, and this time they probably will not come back to the record companies. I have no doubt that Apple did some extensive market research to see what the market would bear in terms of pricing. I even remember some website conducting similar polls to this effect as well, and more or less they reached the same conclusion: People will pay $.99 for a song but more than that, they crank up the old P2P software. I agree (again) that teh record companies are going after Apple, some for biz reasons, some because they hate Steve Jobs and this is a good way to attack him, and some for a combination of both. Either way, there is nothing I can do about it, other than purchase lower qualitys songs, at a higher price, that are DRM'd. It is up to Apple to figure a way to maintain its dominance without me having to pay their higher prices. If they can't then they will flounder. This is how biz runs I guess. In the end, there will always be someone to fill that void, so I am not worried about it as much as some here who see the sky falling. I honestly think that people, after having tasted $.99 musical download nirvana, simply will not buckle to the roecord companies.
Really, dude, you need to get over this "everybody thinks they must bow down to the great Jobs" chip you have on your shoulder. You detect it everywhere, and it makes you seem less credible than you otherwise seem to be.
Another point, but my statements regarding Jobs only comes out when some here start to take his word as Gospel, and afford him deity status. He is a guy just like the rest of us. He sells things that most of us want to buy ( I know I do), but he is also human and can make mistakes. Credibility is a two way street, it can be equally earned as it can be taken away.