That's about standard for the 20% savings. Giant Eagle grocery stores have $60 iTunes card packs on sale for $54 through the rest of the year in a price-lock promotion, I believe. That's only a 10% savings, but it does undercut a majority of retailers for most of the year surrounding Black Friday weekend.
Also, going back to "download the songs for free vs. paying for them on iTunes/AmazonMP3/insert service here," an article about Jesse McCartney's upcoming new EP was posted to his Facebook page this afternoon. In reading the article, I found out that his seemingly-lost 2010 album, "Have It All," was put up on iTunes for a while (and, evidently, I must have missed it back then). I wound up finding a site that had it up for download, and did download it for free. I would have gladly paid for it, seeing as how I have a TON of other JMac media that I legally own outright:
- CDs: Beautiful Soul, Off The Record, Right Where You Want Me, Departure
- DVDs: Up Close, The Beautiful Soul Tour, "Schooled" (bought off of eBay, originally sold through OfficeMax)
Like I said before, I'll only download if it's meant to be free, or if it was never officially released. (However, I did pay a good money for the original presses of the Jonas Brothers' "It's About Time" album in both regular and DualDisc [THERE'S a throwback to a fad from the past] formats years after they left Columbia Records for Disney's Hollywood label, so, yeah, I'll pay for it if a physical copy exists somewhere.