Apple raises price on Whitney Houston albums following singer's death
Web2Carz Contributing Writer
Published: February 16th, 2012
pple is in a bit of hot water this week after raising prices overseas of Whitney Houston albums in the wake of the pop star's death. Houston was found dead in Los Angeles on February 11, and following the breaking news, Houston's album Ultimate Collection changed in price from £3 to £7.99 in just 30 minutes.
"That's just making every last penny they can from her death." — Twitter user @CallumGriffiths
iTunes users began reporting glitches with the store, saying they could not buy the album at its £3 advertised price, and some accused Apple of "cashing in" on the tragedy. And though Apple is not known for their overall generosity, some fans have leapt to Apple's defense, offering possible explanations that perhaps the record label mandated the price increase.
Twitter user @CallumGriffiths wrote, "Understandable that she would go up in the charts, but that's just making every last penny they can from her death."
Other people, like Twitter user @InTheLittleWood, were a little more optimistic, writing, "I'd say [I'm] disgusted but maybe artists have agreements with their labels about it, to ensure their kids/family stay afloat?"
iTunes has since changed the price to what it was prior to Houston's death, but it leaves a bad taste in our mouth that the price was raised in the first place. Not cool, Apple.
[Source: Digital Spy]