blog How seriously can we take Apple Australia managing director Anthony King’s claim that Apple doesn’t have anything to do with setting digital content prices in Australia through the company’s iTunes store? I guess we’re about to find out. Computerworld reports (we recommend you click here for the full article) that the Federal Parliament’s IT price hike inquiry will now target record labels to see what they think of the situation:
Labor MP Ed Husic [pictured], a member of the committee and a driving force behind the establishment of the inquiry, said the committee will talk to record labels “mainly on the issue of music and the [price] disparity on music downloads.”
Personally, judging by their track record when it comes to the piracy issue, I don’t expect to hear much truth from the record labels regarding their Australian pricing habits, and I would even expect the labels to either initially decline to attend the IT price hike inquiry talks or to simply put the blame back on Apple for the situation. When it comes to the big business monetisation of art and entertainment, history has shown us that these big companies don’t have many scruples.
Image credit: Office of Ed Husic