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The Atlantic price divide, part 247

August 20, 2009 Leave a comment

One of the camera’s Canon announced yesterday, the S90, looks like a contender for my next compact photo shooter. It’s due out sometime in September based on early information, with a UK price of £449 for pre-order from Amazon.co.uk as shown below.

Amazon_S90_UKNot cheap but the spec is good and I would expect this to quickly drop below £400. Since I’m off the Florida at the end of October I took a look at early US prices to see if it would be worth waiting and buying out there (dependant on reviews and a hands on of course). The Amazon.com price is shown below.

Amazon_S90_USI know UK citizens often get a poor deal when it comes to prices, but this is ridiculous. At the current exchange rate (as I type on 20th August 2009) of $1.65 to the pound that makes the US Amazon price the equivalent of £260. The other way round, the UK price is $740. However you look at it this is an obscene markup, and as this article questions, didn’t the British PM promise an end to this?

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Is Apple going DRM free?

December 9, 2008 Leave a comment

The biggest rumour of the day is that Apple will start offering music from all the major labels DRM free. Lots of sites are claiming this will start today, but Greg Sandoval of Cnet says the claims are bogus. That’s a shame, as the Amazon MP3 store has recently opened in the UK offering DRM free MP3 singles from 59p and albums from £3. I bought one for Mrs Basshead at the weekend and used Amazon’s download software to get a chart album in under a minute. This was one of the £3 albums in 256kbps MP3 format. Nice to see the download software is available for Mac and Linux as well as Windows.

Looks like Apple need to get their store in order pretty quick or Amazon and others are going to start clawing back part of the music download market.

iPhones and eBooks

May 4, 2008 1 comment

eBooks have been around for several years now, and in many respects are seriously behind other forms of media. While music is making the painful transition from DRM to open formats other media such as films and books are still subject to restricted use. This often makes it awkward if not impossible to view these files on your mobile device of choice.

Until last year I used a Palm TX PDA running the palm eReader software. I could buy a fair range of pdb format ebooks from ereader.com, or use the free dropbook for Mac and eReader Pro for Palm to convert and read text files myself. I have a large collection of mainly SF and Fantasy paperbacks that I have read over the past 20 years, and set about finding electronic versions of them to read again. It’s an issue that always gets a lot of attention, but if you have purchased media in one format is it fair to have to buy it again in another? I don’t think it is, especially given the price of some of the eBooks currently available. I’ll get to iPhone options for ebooks a bit later after a look at eBook pricing. Read more…