January 22, 2006 in Gadgets

Different Prices for iTunes Based on User Country

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Thinking about breaking down and purchasing a few songs via iTunes. However, haven’t done it yet as with current conversion rates, the price for the same song via the UK store is more expensive than via the US store.
Specially, the UK version is .79pence which is about $1.39. This seems most unfair since its the same damn song. So for now I’m at a standstill. Trying to figure someway around. I refuse to pay more just because I’m in the UK.
I have tired to just use the US version with my US credit card but it keeps directing me back to the UK version because I have a UK billing address. This is just so unfair. I mean really, why should we pay more? Its the same company, same platform, same servers probably — just a different figging country.
Update: Just noticed that users via the French and German sites also pay a different rate from the US and UK. What the f@ck? Can anyout out there explain to me why this makes sense? I’m at a loss!


  1. January 24, 2006 at 4:38 pm


    I’m wondering if the copyright laws have something to do with it. Maybe it costs iTunes more to protect copyright in other countries? And maybe the costs vary depending on the legal system in place?

  2. January 23, 2006 at 12:42 am


    well, it makes sense to me because of the exchange rates, unless you’re talking the euro, in which case you’re right, it doesn’t make sense.
    i understand what you mean about the prices. eventually, i had to just forget the exchange rate and say f it. I’d pay $14 for a cd at home and it’s $14p here. Then I thought about the cost of imports and it all worked out. too bad i don’t still have my own domain. if i had songs you were looking for, i’d upload them for you. say, that’s an idea. see if any of your friends (online or not) have any of the songs already.

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