iTunes To Expand DRM Free & Variable Pricing Model

Apple will soon announce that it is expanding iTunes DRM free offering to include all of the major labels and will add variable pricing accordingly. Songs will be priced in three tiers: 79 69 cents for older catalog, 99 cents for midline product and slightly higher for some new hit tracks. Depending on how much of iTune’s catalog is priced at 79 cents, Jobs may have bested Amazon and WalMart.com who have used price as part of their strategy to whittle away at Apple’s dominate 70%+ download market share.

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SoundCloud’s new user-centric payment system is revolutionary, but there is a catch

This week SoundCloud announced the brand new way in which they will be paying artists to make streaming royalties fairer for smaller artists with dedicated fans. Sadly not every artist will gain from this.

Historic first as SoundCloud challenge music streaming payment system with “fan-powered royalties”

In an industry-first, SoundCloud is introducing a user-centric payment system so that artists get paid based on their actual listeners.

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