iTunes new pricing—just wondering, who gets the money?
January 7, 2009
So now you can buy songs without limitations on how you use them, with no more DRM (Digital Rights Management: transfer songs to no more than five computers or burn no more than seven copies to CD). (As per http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1711)
For 30 cents per song you can upgrade all songs you’ve ever bought on iTunes, and the upgradeed songs, now at 256 kbps (up from the current bit rate of 128 kbps), have no burn limits. It's called iTunes Plus.
Also, as of April, the uniform pricing at 99 cents per song will end—songs on iTunes will be available for 69¢, 99¢, or $1.29, where the current songs are expected to cost $1.29, with back catalogs for less.
I see nothing in the announcements about how this might benefit the musicians who wrote and played and recorded the songs—just wondering, who gets the extra money?