Two and a half years after the music business lined up behind
the chief executive of Apple, Steven P. Jobs, and hailed him
and his iTunes music service for breathing life into music
sales, the industry’s allegiance to Mr. Jobs has eroded sharply.
Mr. Jobs is now girding for a showdown with at least two of the
four major record companies over the price of songs on the iTunes
If he loses, the one-price model that iTunes has adopted — 99
cents to download any song — could be replaced with a more
complex structure that prices songs by popularity. A hot new
single, for example, could sell for $1.49, while a golden oldie
could go for substantially less than 99 cents.