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Cloudscout's Avatar Picture Cloudscout – December 16, 2007 07:54PM Reply Quote
"Digital hubs." iPod and its successors. (iPhone?) Convergence. How ridiculous will DRM get? Yep, put it all together and it just might make for a successful thread.

Mokers – December 29, 2007 12:31PM Reply Quote
Formerly Remy Martin
I still don't know why people care about FM tuners on their music players. The only time I use FM is on my clock radio and in my car.

El Jeffe – December 29, 2007 01:16PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
I can't speak for everyone, but right now I listen for:
1. traffic
2. Rush
3. Morning Show comedy
4. Spanish language radio - good especially during Sunday services

note: no music.

What a journey.

Mokers – December 29, 2007 03:22PM Reply Quote
Formerly Remy Martin
I'm not saying that FM is not good for anything, but really, how often do you need it in a portable format? I never had an FM tuner in any of my portable CD players, and never missed it then either.

El Jeffe – December 29, 2007 04:46PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
portable? What's not portable? Maybe a home theatre receiver with FM tuner.

If you're making the distinction between listening while moving versus standing still or sitting, perhaps. But the devices themselves are mostly portable, right?

Anyway I listen to between 2 and 6 hours of FM radio everyday, and the device is not a bolted to the floor, non-portable system.

What a journey.

Bruce Robertson – December 29, 2007 07:02PM Reply Quote
I listen to FM a lot, mostly NPR. I think an FM tuner in a portable device is extremely important and an absolute what were they thinking no-brainer except perhaps if there are issues of getting adequate tuner quality in a small device. Long ago when selecting a tape Walkman that was a must-have feature for me. It's one of the principal reasons I don't even bother with using the ipod as a walkabout device, I only use it where I also have FM available - car or home stereo.

Cloudscout – December 30, 2007 01:03AM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
I have a Rio Forge 256MB MP3 player that I bought on Woot over two years ago for $39. It has an SD card slot which I threw a 1GB card into. I have it loaded with Old Time Radio shows and I use it during the summer while I mow the lawn. I originally used my iPod Shuffle but the Rio Forge came with an armband making it easier to manage while mowing. It also has a built-in FM tuner which I use sometimes instead of listening to the OTR shows.

I do wish the iPods had built in tuners.

rino – December 30, 2007 10:39AM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
I dunno. Size? I recall in army basic training having a clandestine radio that was about the size of my thumbnail ... the ear buds were larger. And that was in 1986!!

There's this:

An extra 50 clams though. Not compatible with iPhone/iPod Touch.

ddt – December 31, 2007 01:26PM Reply Quote
hate of the RIAA aside, how far off am i?


rino – December 31, 2007 01:53PM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
Nothing like a little thought-crime to liven up things.

Cloudscout – December 31, 2007 02:10PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
DDT - spot on as far as I can see.

It's funny, I don't always look at who posts links here. I often just click on them and read through first. It wasn't until I got to the end of the article and saw your byline that I realized what I was reading. Somehow the "how far off am I?" question didn't click in my mind as being an actual request for feedback before I read the article so I can say with all honesty that I agreed with your story before I realized that you wrote it.

I especially like this line, "The "information wants to be free" misreaders of Stuart Brand can make the case that such pirating can spur sales, but really. Fess up."

It's hypothetically possible I may or may not have engaged in some BitTorrent activity myself, but I'm not trying to claim that sharing copyrighted material isn't a violation of copyright laws.

ddt – December 31, 2007 02:13PM Reply Quote
thanks, guys!

now go rack up the hit count and post comments! i know that's something you can do... heh.


Madaracs – December 31, 2007 02:34PM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
Customer First Name : Adam
Customer Last Name : Kooyer
email : adam@xxxxxxxxxxx
Web Order # : M27061xxxx
Support Subject : Purchase(s) - problems
Sub Issue : This item won't transfer to my iPod
iTunes Account Name: adam@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Platform : Mac OS X 10.5
Item Name : Pac-Man
Comments: In October of last year I purchased Pac-Man for my new iPod Video. I upgraded to an iPod classic as soon as they came out this year only to find that Pac-Man doesn't work on it. However, it is now available. I had hoped that Apple would allow those who already purchased a game to upgrade for free... or at the very least a lesser fee (like iTunes plus) so that we could use the games we purchased on previous iPods. Right now that game is no good to anyone. It's just $5.31 worth of digital bits that are sitting on my computer doing nothing.

I don't mean to sound "cheap" but would it be possible for Apple to authorize me to download the version of Pac-Man that works on the classic so I don't have to stare at a game I can't use... and no one else can either?

Hopefully yours,

Adam Kooyer

TrackID: 4882160

Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2007 11:19:07 -0800 (PST) [12:19:07 PM MST]
From: iTunes Store
To: adam@xxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Purchase(s) - problems M27061xxxx; Follow-up: 39402866
Headers: Show All Headers
Dear Adam,

I understand that the version of PAC-MAN you purchased for your old iPod Video is not compatible with your new iPod Classic. I know how disappointing this must be and I apologize for the inconvenience. Unfortunately, because you made the purchase back in October of 2006, there really isn't anything we can do. You will have to purchase the new version for your iPod Classic.

Again, I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.


iTunes Store Customer Support


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El Jeffe – December 31, 2007 02:41PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
shoot her

What a journey.

Jeff Cooper – December 31, 2007 02:49PM Reply Quote
Good piece, ddt.

Content producers have never accepted the firmly-established (in statute and caselaw) idea of fair use, and they're determined to push back at it. But this really is too much.

Madaracs – December 31, 2007 02:49PM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
I like how she says, "I know how disappointing this must be". I'm really only mildly irritated but she just made my mind up not to waste money on Games from the site.

So let's see, I'm no longer buying DRMed music from apple (Amazon seems to be a good spot for DRM free music right now) and no more games.

At some point I'm sure I'll stop buying DRMed videos too.

The rental service may end up being the ONLY way Apple gets money from me.

Dr. Strangelove – December 31, 2007 02:58PM Reply Quote
You should email Steve explaining how their business model is incompatible with your consumption model.

Madaracs – December 31, 2007 03:13PM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
is sjobs@apple.com really his email address?

stan adams – December 31, 2007 03:30PM Reply Quote
I thought it was siooma@apple.com, or is that just the reply to???

John Willoughby – December 31, 2007 04:59PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
I've gotten answers from sjobs@apple.com.

Cloudscout – December 31, 2007 07:17PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
I've gotten answers... and a free CD burner from that address, too.

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