Amazon blunder cuts albums to 29p

Music fans were able to download albums by top artists for just 29p on Wednesday after a mistake by Amazon.

The online retail giant unwittingly cut the prices of releases such as Kings Of Leon's Because Of The Times and Lily Allen's It's Not Me, It's You.

The mistake, which was publicised by several consumer websites, was rectified after about four hours.

Other albums available for 29p included MGMT's Oracular Spectacular and Yeah Yeah Yeahs' It's Blitz!.

Albums by Bruce Springsteen, Calvin Harris and James Morrison were also among the 30 or so being sold at the cut price.

In a statement, Amazon 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."

There have been suggestions the mistake could alter the charts this Sunday, but Newsbeat understands there weren't enough hits to make a difference.

Dan from Selby was one listener who took advantage of the mistake.

"I was just looking at CDs," he says, "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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