Still convinced that there's an enormous market for Beatles downloads, Dhani Harrison has been suggesting that the estates & survivors of The Beatles might eschew iTunes and the other altogether and create their own store:
It seems they’re mulling going it alone with a Beatles digital store, rather than signing on with iTunes. “We’re losing money every day, so what do you do?” he says. “You have to have your own delivery system, or you have to do a good deal with Steve Jobs… [Jobs] says that a download is worth 99 cents, and we disagree.”
You're right, Dhani - given that Freemantle Media are suggesting that the sweet spot for TV programme downloads might well be five pence, or 7.5 cents, it really does sound like Jobs is able to artificially inflate prices.
Oh, you didn't mean that you thought Apple were overpricing, did you?
Harrison says he’s the most tech-savvy person at Apple Corps
That's kind of ominous - if he's the smartest guy in the room, and can't see that iTunes manages to eke a premium out of downloads through the store's ease and range and convenience, if he really believes that Maxwell's Silver Hammer has a per download value of more than a dollar a pop, it sounds like Apple could be losing money every day for quite a while longer.