Sony has apologised for jacking up the price of Whitney Houston’s digital songs hours after her death.
This led many to believe that Jobs’ Mob was cynically trying to cash in on the singer’s death.
The weeping and wailing after the death of popular beat combo artist Michael Jackson proved very lucrative to resuscitating his career which had suffered a bit from the accusations of child abuse.
Houston’s career had suffered from drug and alcohol abuse and her album sales had slumped into the Apple bargain basement.
Apple said that it was not its fault and blamed Sony which owns much of the late singer’s back catalog.
After three days Sony has said that the albums had been “mistakenly mispriced”.
The outfit, which seems to be making a lot of apologies lately, said that the mistake was immediately corrected. “We apologise for any offence caused”.
Of course prices on iTunes do not change themselves. This means that someone from Sony had to go into the site and apply for the price change and do all of this by accident. Off the record, Sony told the New York Times that a Sony employee based in the UK made the mistake all by himself.
Houston’s The Ultimate Collection increased on the UK iTunes store from $7.85 to $12.50. Another of her albums, The Greatest Hits, also went up from $12.50 to $15.67. The two albums are back to their original price, after all it is not like they cost more to make.
According to Digital Trends, Houston is currently number two in the UK iTunes album chart.