iPhone App Store: “Developer picks price”…screw you, record labels

Just going through the Apple keynote, and marveling at the moment where Jobs tells the world that developers get to pick whatever price they want for their apps. It’s a nice “screw you” to the record industry, who have long asserted that they deserve a similar right to charge different pricing for different songs.

Jobs Keynote - App Pricing

I don’t think there’s any chance this represents a change in Apple’s thinking. Jobs will credibly (though not persuasively) assert that the app market is completely different from that for recorded music. But is Apple right? It’s possible the App Store may show that these two markets aren’t as wildly dissimilar as people suspect. Perhaps “digital goods” are just “digital goods,” whether they’re recorded music or executable code?


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