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The U.S. Department of Justice has opened an investigation into online music pricing at the world’s major music labels, sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

I’m not in favor of the heavy hand of government getting involved in everything, but this seems to be a case where something needs to be done.

After all, it’s certainly suspicious that every song you can buy online costs 99 cents. If you buy 12 songs, that’s $12 — exactly what you pay if you buy the CD at the store. Of course, then you get a real CD, a case, printed liner notes, and delivery from a warehouse.

Perhaps the songs I buy online should be a little cheaper.