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4/11/09 12:58 P

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HBO only recently started selling their shows on itunes. I remember reading somewhere that they objected to having their shows priced at $1.99 like everyone else and wanted a higher price.

Well, I don't know what on in negotiations, but itunes now sells HBO shows for $2.99 each.

All in all, Apple still has very reasonable prices. Shoot, they save me from having to buy an entire CD for one or two songs I might like.

I was checking out itunes this afternoon. I haven't seen any of the $.69 songs. I saw mostly the $.99 and $1.29 songs.

Speaking of lower prices... some times Amazon has lower prices for downloading CD than Apple.

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The iTunes Store has less to do with the prices they charge and what is available than most people think. Most of what they do, on the unseen level, is negotiating with the various companies to make stuff available. Songs have been the same price since the store opened nearly ten years ago. The cost of purchasing CDs in stores has gone up considerably in that time, while the price of purchasing music through iTunes has remained the same.

Recently, Apple and other retailers have negotiated with music distributors to remove the restrictive coding from music to allow users to share music more easily. I'm not sure of all the details. However, I know that the new pricing is linked to this. For most music that goes up in price on iTunes, you will soon be seeing increase prices from other retailers.

Many people express anger at iTunes over music, movies, and TV shows not being available, or not being rentable, or being a certain price. iTunes can only make things available that distributors allow them to, and only for the prices they negotiate. Sometimes you can find things on other sites that iTunes doesn't have, and sometimes you can find a better price. Sometimes these downloads are of equal quality to iTunes, but often they are not. Different file types (I'm not enough of a geek to know the differences) don't have the same quality of sound. iTunes always has, for music, different ways of downloading the files (you choose this in settings) so that you can choose the type of file you want. Only iTunes has Apple Lossless files, which are playable on all Apple devices and through any version of iTunes, and ensure maximum quality of playback.

There was an incident a couple of years ago, where all of the NBC programming disappeared from iTunes overnight. In their way, iTunes and Apple did not release any information about why this happened until NBC made the information public. The reason was that NBC was unwilling to allow their shows to be sold for the $1.99 per episode price that all the other shows on iTunes were being sold for. They wanted more money. Apple would not allow the NBC shows to be sold for a different, higher price, so until they were able to negotiate a contract (which involves many more details than pricing, obviously), they instead removed the NBC lineup from iTunes.

Some of you may have noticed that some of the TV shows available on iTunes are now $2.99 per episode. The reason for this is that the $2.99 are high definition (HD) releases. These are much larger, higher resolution files. You can still, however, get the standard resolution for $1.99. The link is usually on the right side of the iTunes window. It says something to the effect of "Buy this show in standard definition."

If you can buy the same product, of the same quality, for a lower price, I say go for it. That's what I do!

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I've downloaded songs from Amazon and imported them to itunes. no problems.

The prices were a little better at Amazon than on itunes. If you check out the website, itunes does have free items for download. I've picked up a bunch of songs and tv shows that way.

The article didn't mention any changes to their TV shows. Old shows are $2 an episode. New shows (and HBO) are $3. Which isn't bad if you're only interested in one particular episode.

I'd love to get an Ipod Touch. I haven't bought one yet because I'm waiting for the third generation.

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4/7/09 11:05 P

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when you import into itunes there's a coversion option to select the file format you want to import to, so it can become an mp3 (versus the m4a format nora is referring to)... I don't have the app in front of me so I can't tell you specifically the menu option... sorry!

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Thanks. I just looked at it online -- it looks really neat. Gonna download it now ;)

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I love my Ipod touch I got at Christmas! I didn't know about the pricing changes though. Oh well I haven't tried Amazon yet but maybe I will. I don't download many but they do add up. I love DLing the podcasts mostly and they are free!

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4/7/09 6:07 P

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you can download it (it's different than windows media player) at http://www.winamp.com/

it's free.

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Thanks. That's great to know -- It had me under the impression I had to use iTunes.

So, do I have or need 'winamp' or is that the same as Windows Media player?

Thanks again.

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i'd suggest not using itunes. :)

do you have a windows or a mac? if you use windows, you can use winamp. it'll sync with your ipod without making all your music proprietary to itunes. and i think you can pretty easily import almost any format. you can also download from amazon, rather than itunes. i don't know about any cost change there, though. (i don't usually download anything anymore, but my b does)

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That figures! I've only had my iPod for about a month (or less).

I'm also having problems with getting it to import what I need. I downloaded .wmv files from a website from a speaker that I like, but can't get iTunes to recognize it. DS tried to convert the files with a free program he downloaded, but it still won't recognize the files exist. Does anyone know what I need to do - to get the files into iTunes?

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4/7/09 2:12 P

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wow.

i can't even remember the last time i bought off of itunes.

i wonder what qualifies as song as "old" "new" and "hit"...

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That itunes changed their pricing structure ? It used to be a song on itunes was a flat rate of $.99 cents.

Well, not any more. As of today, there is a new pricing structure.

old songs = $.69
new songs = $.99
hit songs = $1.29

I guess it's a good thing I bought some of my hit songs when I did. LOL !!! Seriously, my itunes purchases can add up.

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