iTunes goes retro with digital 45s
Just like old 45s, the iTunes D45 selection includes a popular single accompanied by a B-side song. Prices on the D45s range from $1.49 to $1.99.
âiTunes is bringing this concept to a new age with D45s â two great tracks at an equally great price,â the iTunes Store reads.
Music company EMI announced Tuesday that the release of D45s marks the 60th anniversary of the 45 single record. The digital bundles will be sold exclusively by iTunes through July 27. After that, they will be available for purchase from âall major digital service providers.â
âMore than 35 digital singles will launch the campaign,â the EMI press release states, âincluding original 45 single A-sides and B-sides and top hits by Coldplay, David Bowie, R.E.M., Poison, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dean Martin, Duran Duran, Nat King Cole, Blondie, and Billy Idol, among others.â
The D45 section represents another opportunity for record labels to to restructure pricing on music sold on the iTunes Store. Last year, through negotiations, the record companies leveraged flexibility on pricing.
Then, earlier this year, Apple removed restrictive digital rights management fingerprints from all of the songs it sells, allowing consumers greater flexibility as well.
This year, Apple began charging for music based on what the music labels charge Apple. Songs are available at three price points: 69 cents, 99 cents and $1.29. Most albums are priced $9.99.
Artists included in the new D45 selection range from Foreigner to Rod Stewart to the recently-deceased âKing of Pop,â Michael Jackson.
The Van Morrison âBrown Eyed Girlâ D45 includes the title track, as well as the B-side, âGoodbye Baby (Baby Goodbye).â Purchased separately, the title track and B-side would cost $2.28, but the D45 will run customers $1.49.