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article imageAmazon mistake cut music album price to 29p, later rectified

By Jane Fazackarley     Jun 18, 2009 in Entertainment
An error by the Web giant Amazon saw the price of album downloads being cut drastically to just 29 pence each. The mistake occurred yesterday.
The prices of big name artists such as Lily Allen and Kings of Leon were all mistakenly reduced yesterday.
The error took somewhere in the region of four hours to correct. The reduced price soon became known around the Internet, especially on consumer based sites.
Other albums being sold at a much reduced price were the new ones by Bruce Springsteen and James Morrison. There were approximately 30 albums being sold at a heavy discount.
Some have hinted that the mistake might have some influence on the charts which are out in the UK on Sunday but others say not enough albums were sold to make too much of a difference.
Amazon issued a statement which said:
"We can confirm that yesterday there was a pricing error on a small number of MP3 albums. This issue has been rectified. Despite our best efforts, with the millions of items available on our website, pricing errors can occur."
A customer said this:
"I was just looking at CDs,"
"I just sort of found the song that I wanted and the song was 69p and the album was 29p, so I just clicked it and downloaded it.
"I bought Black Eyed Peas, Calvin Harris - altogether I got about 10 - spent about £2.99 on 10 CDs when it should have cost me 60 or 70 quid, so it was quite good."
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