iTunes albums on sale--96 percent off!

Apple's iTunes Music Store in Japan recently had a clearance sale of everything-must-go proportions--albeit accidentally, according to a report on

For the better part of the day last Thursday, the store mistakenly sold entire albums for 50 yen, just over 3 percent of the intended price of 1,500 yen. The mistake was corrected that afternoon, but Apple has declined to say how many albums it sold at the low, low price. Depending on the number of albums that were listed with the incorrect price and how fast word spread among consumers, Apple may have taken a significant hit.

Apple launched the store in Japan earlier this month, but apparently still has a few kinks to work out. Here's hoping Apple execs were able to get in on the action and get a discount rate on a little Barrett Strong.

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