Baby, You’re A Rich Man: iTunes’ Beatles Downloads Cost More than CDs

Today's Best Tech Deals

Picked by TechHive's Editors

Top Deals On Great Products

Picked by Techconnect's Editors

Now that The Beatles’ music is available on iTunes, Fab Four fans have an easier way to load the iconic band’s songs on their iPods and iPhones. They’ll pay a hefty premium for the convenience, however.

While iTunes is selling most Beatles albums for $12.99, Amazon is offering CD versions of those same titles for only $7.99. Similarly, “The Beatles” double album (better known at the “White Album”) is $19.99 at iTunes, but just $11.99 at Amazon. Compare for yourself:

It’s unclear whether Amazon’s super-low prices on Beatles’ CDs will continue, or whether they’ll creep up to iTunes’ levels. It’s important to factor in shipping costs too. If I buy Rubber Soul (my favorite Beatles album) at Amazon, I’ll pay $7.99 plus $2.98 for shipping. My total cost: $10.97. That’s $2 less than iTunes’ price--not quite the killer bargain it first seemed. Then again, if I spend $25 or more at Amazon—maybe I’ll get Revolver and the White Album too—shipping is free.

With CDs, of course, you could easily copy the Beatles’ songs to your iPod. And you’d have a physical backup of each album, which you could keep or give to a friend, family member, or even a card-carrying member of the RIAA.

Other online retailers may beat Amazon’s prices, but don’t forget to factor in shipping and sales tax before you buy.

Contact Jeff Bertolucci via Twitter (@jbertolucci) or at jbertolucci.blogspot.com.

This story, "Baby, You’re A Rich Man: iTunes’ Beatles Downloads Cost More than CDs" was originally published by PCWorld.

Note: When you purchase something after clicking links in our articles, we may earn a small commission. Read our affiliate link policy for more details.
 
Shop Tech Products at Amazon