I’m not being evasive here, but I’m not able to address pricing concerns I’m afraid, this is a much bigger issue than I – but that Talking Heads example was most likely a mistake, as the Rock Band packs are designed to save the consumer money rather than cost more than the individual tracks."
Apnomis posted: "@ Mike, thanks for replying to me. I appreciate exchange rates is a sticky matter and I wasn’t expecting you to give me a definitive answer or justify the inconsistencies between US and Europe/UK pricing. I just wanted to highlight to you the basic principle that a bundle should cost less than it’s individual components and to do this the exrate used for the individual items and the bundle must be consistent. Here is a copy of a comment by Blasteroids (from the 3.0 FAQ post) that shows it’s not just an isolated incident:
Going Country Pack 1: 5 songs*£0.99 = £4.95, Pack price £5.20 – £0.30 more expensive!
Roadrunners Records: 5 songs*£0.59 + 1 song*£0.99 = £3.94, Pack price £4.99 – £1.05 more expensive!
Rock Band Live: 4 songs*£0.59 = £2.36, Pack price £3.49 – £1.13 more!
Spinal Tap Pack 1: 4 songs*£0.99 = £3.96, Pack price £4.99 – £1.03 more!
Toby Keith Pack 1: 6 songs*£0.99 = £5.94, Pack price £6.29 – £0.35 more!
Warped Tour Pack 1: 5 songs*£0.99 = £4.95, Pack price £5.25 – £0.30 more!
Judas Preist Album: 9 songs*£0.99 = £8.91, Pack price £8.99 – £0.08 more!
Talking Heads: 5 songs*£0.99 = £4.95, Pack price £5.25 – £0.30 more!"
Mike Kebby replied.. "Thanks for the feedback Apnomis, appreciated "
(I was AWOL, so posted on 18th never had an answer - Perhaps too late)
(I was away, so no post by me on blog)
1st October Mike Kebby...
"I’ve sent all the details to Harmonix and they are working on it as I type "
8th October Mike Kebby...
"I reported the issue to Harmonix myself, so here’s to a quick fix once we get the confirmed information back from them."
So, if we ignore the first week then it is now almost 5 weeks to get a few prices fixed on the EU PSN Store. I do not blame Mike, since he seems to be a pawn in all this, but when I think of SCEE the words "quick" and "fix" never crop up at the same time.
Please note that the in-game advertising and PSN Store state “Tracks are sometimes available in packs which are cheaper", which is highly questionable.