“Sony Music has come under fire after it increased the price of a Whitney Houston album on Apple’s iTunes Store hours after the singer was found dead,” Josh Halliday reports for The Guardian.

“The music giant is understood to have lifted the wholesale price of Houston’s greatest hits album, The Ultimate Collection, at about 4am California time on Sunday,” Halliday reports. “This meant that the iTunes retail price of the album automatically increased from £4.99 to £7.99.”

Halliday reports, “Houston’s The Ultimate Collection, originally released in 1997, was the second top-selling album on iTunes on Monday morning. Apple returned the album to its original price late on Sunday. Music fans described the move as a cynical attempt to capitalise on Houston’s in-demand greatest hits records… One insider close to the situation said the price hike was not a “cynical” move – but that the wholesale price of Houston’s The Ultimate Collection was wrong. The change in wholesale price boosted the album’s retail price on iTunes.”

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