Pop quiz! What do you think happened in the immediate aftermath of Whitney Houston‘s death?
A People flocked to iTunes to download her music
B Apple immediately upped the price of all her music by 60%.
C All of the above
D Everyone was respectful and didn’t try to screw each other over using their own mourning against them
The answer is C. It will never be D. DigitalSpy reports:
Houston’s 2007 Ultimate Collection increased by £3 to £7.99 in the space of just thirty minutes, with iTunes users reporting that they were prevented from downloading the LP at its original advertised price while the update occurred. It is not yet known who is behind the price increase, with some fans suggesting the label Sony Music or publisher may be responsible.
Some accused Apple of “cashing in” on the tragedy, while others said that the company should be “ashamed” of supposed “shameless exploitation”.
One customer, who claimed to have spent two hours trying to purchase the Ultimate Collection at its original price, added: “To say I am angry is an understatement and I feel it is just a case of iTunes cashing in on the singer’s death, which in my opinion is totally parasitic.
“The album itself is great so please don’t be put off purchasing it, just [realize] that you will merely be lining some fatcat’s pocket before Whitney’s lifeless body is cold.”
Well of course they upped the price. If you walked into a record store at this moment, you’d probably catch the clerks slapping new ticket prices on all her music because dead celebrities = big bucks. CAPITALISM AND AYN RAND AND FREE MARKET ECONOMICS YEAH!