According to this Infinite Loop article, we might finally start seeing some credit issued for tracks already purchased when we buy an album in the iTunes store.
The lack of this feature is one of my biggest complaints about iTunes. It doesn’t seem fair to have to pay for the song twice when you’re only downloading it once. If a track is good and leads you to buying the rest of the album, you should get at least store credit for that purchase…maybe even a partial credit…but SOMETHING
Here’s an excpert from the article:
While this isn’t quite as open as the “receive credit whenever you buy the album” theory, “within a certain period of time” is still somewhat good. Right now, if a user buys certain songs individually but decides to buy the album later, they have to pay for those individual songs twice.
Theoretically, this means that if you bought two songs at 99 cents a pop from an album and then later decide to pick up the whole thing (within Apple’s currently-unspecified time frame) that’s normally priced at $9.99, the album would actually end up costing you $8.01.
This seems like a good way to implement this concept to me. Although, it will ultimately depend on just how long that “unspecified time frame” is before I’ll make a call on if this is fair or not…but I have to say, I have very little complaints about the content I’ve purchased from the Apple store…digital rights and all.
What about you?