Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Apr 2007 15:23 UTC
Apple This morning, Apple and EMI announced the availabilty of DRM-free music in the iTunes Music Store. DRM-free songs will feature a higher audio quality (256kbps), and will cost USD/EUR 1.29 per song. They also announced that they are working on getting The Beatles' music in the iTMS.
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RE[3]: So it begins...
by Jesuspower on Mon 2nd Apr 2007 19:55 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: So it begins..."
Jesuspower
Member since:
2006-01-28

No one wants to understand basic economics. They only want cheap as free, and more money, regardless of the cost, or even if their actions cause the money they do have to devalue.

For instance: Minimum wage, and free universal health care.
1. Do they honestly think that with minimum wage, small shops can hire people and grow?
2. Do they think that the government has unlimited funds to throw around, without raising taxes on businesses?
3. Do they think that Apple does not have to pay oodles of money to very good lawyers to keep the bureaucratic nuts away from them, and not offset those costs by having the cost of products overseas more expensive. Do they think that Apple has no taxes to pay other than applying a VAT when overseas?
Dealing internationally cost money. Lots of it. I know. I work for a company that deals internationally. And our the prices of our products overseas reflect that cost.
But no one ever wants to hear that. THey just stick their head in the sand and whine about how not fair stuff is.

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RE[4]: So it begins...
by Dave_K on Mon 2nd Apr 2007 21:13 in reply to "RE[3]: So it begins..."
Dave_K Member since:
2005-11-16

1. Do they honestly think that with minimum wage, small shops can hire people and grow?


Sorry for the off-topic posting, but I don't want to let this comment stand unchallenged.

Looking through my local town paper there are a fair few jobs offered in local shops and other small businesses, both basic office admin (sorting mail, typing, filing, etc.), and sales counter jobs. All of them have starting pay that's above the 5.35 (soon to be 5.52) minimum wage.

The office I work in certainly pays more than that. Even the lowest paid workers, such as new call centre staff and admin assistants are on 7.50+.

If the minimum wage was actually a problem for businesses; I'd expect to see more of them sticking to it for low-end positions, rather than offering higher salaries.

The minimum wage is there to prevent exploitation. The fact is, even for the frugal, less than 5-6 per hour just isn't a living wage. Much less and people would be as well off on unemployment benefits.

Is there any evidence that the minimum wage has actually hurt the British economy, or stopped the growth of small businesses?

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RE[5]: So it begins...
by Jesuspower on Mon 2nd Apr 2007 23:32 in reply to "RE[4]: So it begins..."
Jesuspower Member since:
2006-01-28

Maybe Europe is exempt from the effects of minimum wage, but it does have effects.
There is a reason for the high cost of living after all.
And I have been eyewitness to its effects. When I lived in NYC, it was a bit harder to see, but now that I am in a small town, the negative effects are very obvious. When the minimum wage was raised in Mass, my girlfriend had her hours cut. A few people where she worked were fired. She made less money with a higher payrate per hour.
When minimum wage was raised in Florida, my college did not disappear. It raised the tuition! Many students from other states could not afford the increase, and had to skip a semester. My girlfriend had to take out a loan. I had my hours cut to 2 days a week (Worked for a small computer shop). There are countless other stories I can tell, but I will let you google those.

Maybe you may want to read some about minimum wage to see how it affects people. Even Wikipedia mentions it associated with a higher cost of living, in the UK.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimum_wage
http://www.amatecon.com/etext/mwe/mwe.html

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