iTunes Likely to Retain Uniform Pricing

According to a news story, although negotiations between Apple and the recording industry are at an impasse, the issue of variable pricing is apparently dead:

Negotiations between Apple and the four major music companies – with which iTunes deals all expire in the next two months – have reached a crucial point as several record executives now say they are unlikely to convince Jobs to allow variable pricing, sources said.

No news yet on Apple's demand that the four majors put out albums that don't suck.