Although Canadians had to wait awhile to get access to the iTunes Store after the United States, they are getting a comparative bargain. Songs in the Canadian version of iTunes sell for $0.99 Canadian cents, or about $0.83 U.S. cents. That’s 16% cheaper.
Though Apple does have to pay different amounts for the regions in which it sells its music to customers through its iTMS, why must the prices be so drastic for everyone? It’s appearing that taxes may be the factor for this price fluctuation, or possibly just that fact that people are willing to pay more. Who really knows other than Steve Jobs and Eddie Cue, Apple’s Vice President of applications. Apple says that regardless of prices between its international online music stores, it is trying to stick offerings of all songs at the same prices.
Buying content from the Canadian iTunes store is not as simple as just signing on and buying for a cheaper album or track. You must have a local residence address to purchase from the newly launched online store. This means you will need to buy a place in Canada or simply settle for US pricing. This is all too unfortunate when the figures are compared, but with the largest offering of artists/albums, Apple still finds ways to make it irresistible to purchase our music anywhere else.
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