[Update] Digital-Musik: Apple iTunes Songs nun mit flexiblen Preisen, Teens lieben iTunes

7. April 2009 | by TechFieber.de

Wie schon bei der Apple-Hausmesse Macworld im Januar angekündigt, werden Musikstücke im Apple iTunes Musikladen nun zu flexiblen Preisen angeboten. Top-Songs (etwa die Top 10) kosten nun mehr – genau 1,29 Dollar (encoded und DRM-frei 256kbps im AAC-Format). Aus der Top-100-Liste schlagen nun 33 Titel mit 1,29 Dollar zu Buche.

Weniger populäre oder ältere Digi-Musiktitel werden für 69 Cent bzw. 99 Cent angeboten. Das dreistufige Preismodell soll der Musikindustrie dabei helfen, Songs flexibler vermarkten zu können.

Interessant ist,  dass beim iTunes Erzrivalen Amazon.com die beliebtesten Digi-Songs nun deutlich billiger sind: Nach wie vor kosten alle Songs im Musik-Shop des E-Commerce-Pioniers aus Seattle 99 Cents.

Digital-Musik-Marktführer Apple bietet derzeit rund acht Millionen DRM-freie Musikstücke der großen Labels über den Apple-E-Shop an.

Demnächst sollen gar zehn Millionen ungeschützte Songs verfügbar sein.

[Update] Neuesten Studien von Piper Jaffray zufolge hält der iTunes Store inzwischen unter US-Teenagern einen Marktanteil von sage und schreibe 97 Prozent. Auf Rang zwei liegt RealNetworks weit abgeschlagen mit gerade mal zwei Prozent. Andere Online-Musik-Stores, wie etwa der von Amazon werden gar nicht erwähnt. Gut acht Prozent der befragten US-Teenaer besitzen derzeit ein Apple iPhone.

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Changes Coming to the iTunes Store

* All Songs DRM-Free
* Users Can Download Songs Directly Onto iPhone 3G Over Their 3G Network for the Same Price
* In April 2009, Songs on iTunes Will be Available at Three Price Points

SAN FRANCISCO—January 6, 2009—Apple® today announced several changes to the iTunes® Store (www.itunes.com). Beginning today, all four major music labels—Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, Warner Music Group and EMI, along with thousands of independent labels, are now offering their music in iTunes Plus, Apple’s DRM-free format with higher-quality 256 kbps AAC encoding for audio quality virtually indistinguishable from the original recordings. iTunes customers can also choose to download their favorite songs from the world’s largest music catalog directly onto their iPhone™ 3G over their 3G network just as they do with Wi-Fi today, for the same price as downloading to their computer. And beginning in April, based on what the music labels charge Apple, songs on iTunes will be available at one of three price points: 69 cents, 99 cents and $1.29, with most albums still priced at $9.99.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer our iTunes customers DRM-free iTunes Plus songs in high quality audio and our iPhone 3G customers the ability to download music from iTunes anytime, anywhere over their 3G network at the same price as downloading to your computer or via Wi-Fi,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “And in April, based on what the music labels charge Apple, songs on iTunes will be available at one of three price points—69 cents, 99 cents and $1.29—with many more songs priced at 69 cents than $1.29.”

iTunes offers customers a simple, one-click option to easily upgrade their entire library of previously purchased songs to the higher quality DRM-free iTunes Plus format for just 30 cents per song or 30 percent of the album price. The iTunes Store will begin offering eight million of its 10 million songs in Apple’s DRM-free format, iTunes Plus, today with the remaining two million songs offered in iTunes Plus by the end of March.

iPhone 3G users can now preview and purchase the entire iTunes Store music catalog on their iPhone 3G over their 3G network, just as they do with Wi-Fi today, for the same price and in the same high quality format. Songs purchased on an iPhone will automatically sync to a user’s computer the next time they sync their iPhone.

The iTunes Store is the world’s most popular online music, TV and movie store with a catalog of over 10 million songs, over 30,000 TV episodes and over 2,500 films including over 600 in stunning high definition video. With Apple’s legendary ease of use, pioneering features such as iTunes Movie Rentals, integrated podcasting support, the ability to turn previously purchased tracks into complete albums at a reduced price, and seamless integration with iPod® and iPhone, the iTunes Store is the best way for Mac® and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music and video online.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and has entered the mobile phone market with its revolutionary iPhone.

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Kommentare (4)

  1. Webnews.de says:

    Neues Preismodell: Apple iTunes Digital-Musik nun mit flexiblen Preisen…

    Wie schon bei der Apple-Hausmesse im Januar angekündigt, werden Musikstücke im Apple iTunes Musikl…

  2. Konkurrenz belebt das Geschäft und hier ist es halt auch so. Super, dass iTunes ein flexibles Preismodell einführt.

  3. Glorious, this is the way it should be!

  4. Silke says:

    Wow, finde ich super, das die die I-Tunes so ein dreistufiges Preismodell erstellt haben. Ist für jeden nur ein Vorteil

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