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Old June 22 2013, 05:42 AM   #31
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Re: Price variations

I think a good example of Australians being overcharged is the fact that we have to pay 52% more to download a song from iTunes than an American does.

Apple is saying that they are not to blame

Apple is not accountable for the higher prices of songs, movies, and TV shows sold through Australia's iTunes Store, because the owners of those intellectual properties are the ones to blame, according to Apple's vice president in Australia and New Zealand, Tony King.

The technology juggernaut often charges different prices for content on its digital media store in Australia, compared to the pricing on the same content in the US. At times, Australian consumers have had to pay more than double the prices for the same content that is available in the US.

Speaking at the IT pricing inquiry parliamentary hearing, King said Apple's hands are tied in relation to the pricing disparity because the company does not own the content, and currency exchange rates factor very little into the equation. Content owners charge different costs for licensing fees for the distribution of their intellectual property from region to region, and the costs are higher in Australia, he said.
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There is some debate about whether Australians who manage to open up a US iTunes account to get around geo-blocking are breaking the law or not.

Apple, Microsoft and Adobe hava all had to appear before the IT Pricing Inquiry. Their testimonies failed to impress.
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Old June 22 2013, 11:35 AM   #32
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Yep, happens all over. I often think the only reason we're not in the Euro is so they can keep charging us more and we don't see directly how much more than other European countries we are paying.
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