When you get the bill for the SAN, populate it with hard drives and link it up.. I will accept a persons argument about cheaper prices. But there are background costs, some as simple as electricity to spin up the drives. If it is worth 2 bucks to me, I will pay it.. if not, wait till it goes on sale. Let the market bear what it will.
On the 11/16 Buzz out loud podcast Molly swore never to pay more than 99c for digital music. Her argument was that the cost to make a digital copy was nothing.
That argument seems weak. You are not paying for something physical that has a fixed cost of production, you are paying for the content. I would think that there is indeed a cost associated with Digital media distribution. The bandwidth cost and storage cost alone are probably astronomical, I would be curious to hear from Apple what their cost per song is when you consider infrastructure, employee, etc. cost
I totally agree with Tom, if the digital distribution of media is going to work there should be a free market driven by price and demand. Of course there will be a top end price that people will pay for a song but letting the market dictate that price seems to make the best sense.
This will be very different than the traditional fixed price for a CD model but this is a totally new distribution method so it would make sense to let the market forces drive the price per song model. This way the Record companies can make the money they so value. I would love to see apple give it a try if it does not work then just go back to the fixed price model. You don't know untill you try.
Molly let go of the old fixed price distribution model! You sound like the record companies who are afraid of change and trying new ways of buying and selling media.