the decision against Apple regarding e-books price-fixing. Digital formats clearly should make books, music, and movies much cheaper to sell for obvious reasons. In particular, there's now no need for individual stores to take on risk when stocking items that may not sell (and thus end up being sent back or sold at a discount). Arcticfoxxx, a commentator on the original news article, makes a number of good points that capture my feelings perfectly:
Let's be honest. Beyond convenience, the allure of digital media was that it was supposed to be CHEAPER for consumers because production expenses would be greatly diminished. After all, there would be no paper and ink to purchase; no printing press or operators to pay; no shipping and much lower distribution costs. In the case of classic books with no or low royalties to be paid, that has held true, but, overall, the price has not been lowered in many cases. I was looking at Kurt Vonnegut books on the iTunes store last night and was amazed they were largely $11.99 for Pete's sake. It MORE expensive than buying it in paperback. Apple has a rack going with all their iTunes media; not just books.
As an avid movie buff and collector, I own between 1200-1300 dvd and blu ray discs. The prices on dvds have fallen dramatically since the introduction of blu rays. A large array of older movies such as Airplane! could be purchased NEW for around $5 in a retail store and even less in used market sites like Amazon. iTunes started selling the SD digital versions of these older movies for $9.99 and it has become the standard baseline for other sites like Amazon. The price has INCREASED despite lower production and marketing costs.
Every company in the media industry whether it be music, movies, or books should be indicted under the anti-trust laws for collusion and price-fixing. They have been keeping the price of media artificially high for years. It's just more blatant now.