Associated Press issues retraction: Apple iTunes Store DRM-free is same price as protected tracks

Damage already done, The Associated Press has issued a retraction that’s sure to get play on page D-12, if it’s picked up at all by syndicators:

In a May 19 story about Napster, The Associated Press mischaracterized music downloads sold by a competitor, the iTunes Music Store. The retailer owned by Apple Inc. sells downloads in the AAC file format, not the MP3 format. ITunes’ tracks without copy protection are the same price as _ not more expensive than _ the standard copy-protected versions.
Source: The Associated Press

In response to AP reporter Alex Veiga’s line from yesterday’s incorrect report, “iTunes began selling MP3 versions of recordings from artists on EMI Group PLC labels last year, but the tracks are more expensive…,” we wrote:

Wrong. Apple lowered the price last October (please see: Apple expands DRM-free iTunes Plus to over two million tracks, lowers price to 99-cents per track – October 17, 2007). Therefore, iTunes’ DRM-free tracks (iTunes Plus) are not more expensive than the tracks that the other music cartels refuse to unlock as they collude against iTunes Store in a misguided, probably illegal, and destined-to-fail attempt to damage iTunes Stores’ fairly-won market dominance. And now this Associated Press article with its obvious, glaring, easily-researched, and harmful-to-Apple error can be syndicated to thousands of media outlets. Hurray! We now return you to the highly-sanitized and often incorrect world of mainstream media reporting.

MacDailyNews Take: Like we said, retraction or not, the damage is already done (Napster couldn’t have paid The Associated Press for a better mistake) and, by the way, AAC is superior to MP3:

AAC advantages over MP3:
• Improved compression provides higher-quality results with smaller file sizes
• Support for multichannel audio, providing up to 48 full frequency channels
• Higher resolution audio, yielding sampling rates up to 96 kHz
• Improved decoding efficiency, requiring less processing power for decode, hence greater battery life


  1. No matter how information is presented, no matter where it comes from, it is important to read information critically. What more can be said? It seems that “journalists” now-a-days rarely, if ever, check their facts. Why you’d almost think that they are tools of marketing departments.

  2. Heck I didn’t even know itunes DRM free were now 99 cents. I thought all the iTunes Plus were 1.29, that’s how they came out at first. I even paid more for some of them the first month they were out.

  3. Steve Ballmer to Napster, “Okay guys and gals, check’s in the mail, nice doing business with you.”

    Napster to AP, “Okay ugys and gals, check’s in the mail, nice doing business with you.”

    Aaah yes, freedom of the press: Freedom to distort and mislead, on demand. It’s a wonderful world isn’t it?

  4. @Shadow:
    PLEASE don’t mention Canada on these comments.
    Do you REALLY want the USA to start noticing this country? What if they decide to “help” us?!
    That’s right, nothing to see here, move along. Oh, look – Dallas! Cool! Hey, Southern California is nice! Look down there, everybody!

  5. @ Newsflash

    You’re completely correct with regards to the grammar. To bad someone with your literary skills has to resort to playground language in your responses.

    Insults don’t change facts.

    Have a nice day


  6. @ Shadow

    And your wrong is that “your wrong” should’ve been “you’re wrong.”

    Not to engage in wrongfully attacking, just pointing out the wrongness of your construction in the rightness of your thought. <grin>

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