Steve Jobs: The 99c Track Is Staying, iTunes 4.6 Released

Steve Jobs has confirmed Apple’s commitment to a single US$0.99 (€0.82) price point for tracks bought from their iTunes music store. Apple have been vehement in stating their commitment to 99c, and have reiterated it several times over the past month, despite some iTunes album prices climbing.

Labels have been gradually increasing wholesale prices, but Apple have not passed these cost onto their single-buying customers … yet.

At the recent D: All Things Digital conference in San Diego, Jobs stated: “We don’t think the consumer wants to pay more than 99 cents.” He’s not wrong.

Apple have also released version 4.6 of the iTunes application, adding support for AirTunes and AirPort Express, so that users can stream music wirelessly around the home. The new version is also features a number of other “minor enhancements – we’re downloading a copy now and if there are any surprises in it, we’ll let you know.

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Fraser Lovatt

Fraser Lovatt has spent the last fifteen years working in publishing, TV and the Internet in various capacities, and believes that they will be seperate platforms for at least a while yet. His main interests at the moment are exploring where Linux is taking home entertainment and how technology is conferring technical skills on more and more people. Fraser Lovatt was born in the same year that 2001: A Space Odyssey was delighting and confusing people in the cinemas, and developed a lifelong love of technology as soon as he realised that things could be taken apart, sometimes put back together again, but mostly left in bits or made into something the original designer hadn't quite planned upon. At school he was definitely in the ZX Spectrum/Magpie/BMX camp, rather than the BBC Micro/Blue Peter/well-behaved group. This is all deeply ironic as he later went on to spend nine years working at the BBC. After a few years of working as a bookseller in Scotland, ("Back when it was actually a skilled profession" he'll tell anyone still listening), he moved to England for reasons he can't quite explain adequately to himself. After a couple of publishing jobs punctuated by sporadic bursts of travelling and photography came the aforementioned nine years at the BBC where he specialised in internet technologies and video. These days his primary interests are Java, Linux, videogames and pies - and if they're not candidates for convergence, then what is?