Ed Oswald at BetaNews:
For several months now, the record industry has become more and more vocal over the issue of pricing on the iTunes Music Store. On Wednesday, the first indications of a possible variable pricing structure coming to iTunes became apparent.
The Wall Street Journal reported that EMI Music CEO Alain Levy told attendees of a London press conference that he had held talks with Apple CEO Steve Jobs over the issue.
“There is a common understanding that we will have to come to a variable pricing structure. The issue is when,” the paper quoted Levy as saying to reporters. “There is a case for superstars to have a higher price.”
More by following the link, but how soon do you think it will be before the “entertainment industry” manages to kill the iTunes goose that lays the golden eggs?
Meanwhile in related news – iPod, iTunes Beat Sony in Japan Market:
Apple on Wednesday said both its iPod music player and iTunes Music Store have toppled Japan native Sony to become number one in the Japanese music market. Sony had led as recently as July, but Apple’s fortunes turned a corner with the introduction of iTunes in the country.
Within four days of launch, iTunes Japan sold more than one million tracks, the fastest start of any of the company’s twenty regionalized stores. Apple credited the iPod’s success to that response, which analysts initially doubted would succeed due to the intricacies of the Japanese marketplace.