13 February 2012 - 7:22am | posted by | 5 comments

Apple accused of exploiting Whitney Houston's death as it increases download prices of her albums

Apple accused of exploiting Whitney Houston's death as it increases download prices of her albumsApple accused of exploiting Whitney Houston's death as it increases

Fans of Whitney Houston have accused Apple of exploiting her death after it increased the cost of her albums for download.

The cost of Houston’s Ultimate Collection album was increased by £3 following news of her death on Saturday night (11 February), Digital Spy reports, as that album and the soundtrack to The Bodyguard, rose into the top 10 download charts around the world.

Her Number 1 hit from The Bodyguard soundtrack ‘I Will Always Love You’ has already reach the top of the iTune chart since news broke of Houston’s death.
Digital Spy quoted one fan as saying: "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 [realise] that you will merely be lining some fatcat's pocket before Whitney's lifeless body is cold." (sic)

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13 Feb 2012 - 07:32
Phooto's picture

Isn't it the publishers that set the prices here, not Apple? Certainly the case with books and apps.

13 Feb 2012 - 08:07
jamma17853's picture

Apple doesn't set the pricing - under contract between Apple and the record labels there are a number of allowable price points - it was the Record label who shoose to up the price and make more money from this lovely lady's unfortunate death.

13 Feb 2012 - 15:06
Cowdenbrummie's picture

Never really understood the idea of buying someone's music after they've just died, not as though it'll be deleted these days.

If companies who are in business to make a profit can increase their chances of doing so by upping their prices, why not? Sort of supply and demand apart from the fact that there is likely to be an unlimited supply now that it's electronic rather than vinyl.

As far as the 'unknown' cause of death, two words - Bobby Brown.

13 Feb 2012 - 16:12
spcna16652's picture

Blaming and shaming. Bobby Brown was only one of the many things in her life that led to depression.They loved each other and took illegal drugs together. She also took prescribed drugs and alcohol b4 she died.

13 Feb 2012 - 20:25
jamma17853's picture

Just to confirm, it was Sony music that shamlessly upped the price to cash in on Whitney's sad early and untimely death.



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