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iTunes Wants You To Complete Your Album


By: Spacelab Research Staff
Maybe they're giving way to pressure to be more than just a quick, one-off, down and dirty download site. iTunes has decided that they aren't all about the one-night-stand image that goes with single downloads, and will help you buy a complete album, even after you've bought single tracks from that album.

In the past, you'd have to buy the album as a whole, meaning if you already bought tracks from that album, you'd have to "rebuy" them when you bought the album as a whole. Now all of that changes.

iTunes has offered a new *thing* called Complete My Album, that will let people buy the album without having to rebuy the tracks they already paid for. If you own two tracks from an album, and the album is $9.99, you can then buy the album for $7.99. Apple is working around their iTunes store functionality by issuing you a credit for each of the songs you've already paid for when you buy the album. You'll have six months to complete your album.

They've even offered 106 previously released albums for you to opt in on as a sort of grandfather clause. The list includes names like Arcade Fire, Franz Ferdinand, The Flaming Lips, and Death From Above 1979.

Now you can try before you buy (the whole thing) and then come back and buy the whole album.

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