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