"This must be due to confusion on the sales side because of the unexpected popularity of the service," said music journalist Daisuke Tsuda.
People who downloaded the albums last Thursday received sales confirmations via e-mail from Apple with the 50-yen price, the sources said. Credit card billing statements for the purchases will also list the 50-yen price.
"We have heard talk about it (the low price), but our company is involved (only) in selling wholesale. The actual prices are up to the Web site," a Toshiba EMI representative said.