January 24, 2004

iTunes Mania on the Mac's 20th

In lieu of a 20th Anniversary Mac, I am satisfying my Mac addiction with iTunes info:

Pepsi has already begun it's 100 Millions iTunes song giveaway. The ad gets full play during a commercial at the upcoming Super Bowl. There was a rumor that McDonald's was planning on giving away a billion iTMS songs. I'm gonna test the percentages and buy a sixpack of specially-marked Pepsi as soon as I can.

I read a great deal of Apple/Mac news and rumor sites, so I can't remember where I first read about the iTMS Link Maker. I created a link for a song that has been playing in my head for days and I have to either find my CD of the album, or buy it off the iTMS.

Plans are in the works to rework some of the code for the "BlakMac" section, including: moving the links up, adding links, deleting some links and possibly more photos/images for software and hardware entries. For now, the main link to appear on the right side early next week:

Download iTunes

Posted by ronn at January 24, 2004 12:04 AM

you know what? i may just have to download from iTunes again. been trying to stay away from the Mac though. it's decidedly something i may try to touch this year. MIGHT. Posted by: ej on January 24, 2004 11:07 AM
"Might?" No, you will, you must give the Mac a try. See, you have had how many PCs/laptops give out on you. Y'shudda done got a Mac; you'd still be using it now! ;-) I may have a surprise for you late next week. Posted by: ronn on January 24, 2004 03:01 PM
Listen to Ronn, EJ. Macs are definitely the way to go. They just make cool product after cool product... Posted by: PatCH on January 25, 2004 09:57 PM
PatCH is so right. Apple products are so good you'll spend $$$ you don't have. That's what I did with my 2nd iMac: a mere 7 months after my first iMac purchase. Hell, I even bought a DV8 camcorder because of iMovie's premiere. Won't make the same mistake, but some time this year (hopefully by the summer), I'll finally have a G5. Forgetting about an iPod Mini and used PowerBook for now. Posted by: ronn on January 26, 2004 04:25 PM
I downloaded iTunes yesterday and will play around with it this weekend. It looks pretty cool. Posted by: James on January 29, 2004 08:12 PM
James, The only Windoze-PC people that I know of that have stopped using iTunes are either Mac-haters or just felt more comfortable with their current music jukebox player. IMMHO, iTunes is the best one there is. Let me know what you think after a few days. ronn Posted by: ronn on January 29, 2004 09:06 PM
Y'know, I'm a total Apple whore. But until they make the iTMS available in Canada, I have quite the hate on for them. Oh, and then there's that "My iPod battery dwindled down to less than one hour of playing time per charge after only 10 months of ownership" thing. Posted by: Cecily on January 31, 2004 01:53 PM
Cecily: Apple has no control over the content providers in Canada. Until a workable solution around rights is worked out, iTMS/CA will be delayed. Rest assured that Canadians, the Japanese and Europeans should see their own version of the iTMS some time this year. Canada would have had it already were it not for such a screwy, regressive tax imposed on all buyers meant to make up for all the illegal downloaders/copiers. Now the second complaint? Well, considering over 2 million in sales, the number of short battery life complaints is relatively small. Apple should include a better, longer replacement scheme, although power users will probably always have issues. Still waiting on my first one some time this spring or summer. Posted by: ronn on February 1, 2004 12:17 AM
I sent this in e-mail, but thought I'd post it here... but you can delete it if you wanna. No skin of m pert little nose. :-) >Cecily: Apple has no control over the content providers in Canada. Ronn, I know. Future librarians are well versed on copyright, etc. However, it still makes me grouchy, and I felt like blaming Apple. ;-) Re: power users and complaints: Power users? Well let's see: I bought it, and barely used it once a week. Oh sure, when I first got it, I would listen to it on my daily commute to and from UBC, a commute that was only a total of 40 minutes. But as time passed, the novelty wore off and I played it less and less. I tried taking it to the gym, but it was just one more thing for me to have to bother with, so I ended up leaving it at home. When I did play it, I rarely played it for longer than an hour at a time -- I simply don't have the time to listen to music as much as I'd like to, what with school and all. So I'm not sure that you can consider me a power user, or that you can say that my iPod's battery woes were a result of high use. I made sure to let the batteries drain completely between uses, just as Apple suggested. I never let it get too cold, never let it get wet, and I never dropped my iPod. Heck, compared to some of the gadgets I owned, that thing was treated with kid gloves! Regardless of how many people have complained about this problem, the fact remains that is *is* a potential problem. Caveat emptor, and all that jazz. I know there are quite a few other people -- especially those of us with first generation iPods -- who are complaining about the woefully short battery life. It's an uncharacteristic move for Apple, a computer company that is well known for making hardware that isn't disposable, to create a gadget that is essentially a disposable impulse buy, not to mention their policy of charging $99 (US!) to replace the battery. Apple calls it a "good faith measure." I call it hokum. As someone who has only ever owned Apple computers (I'm on my sixth), I consider myself a fairly faithful Apple zealot. Heck, I bought a Performa back in the days when the pundits were claiming that Apple was on it's last legs. That machine is considered by many to be one of the only "lemons" Apple ever produced, but it still works eight years later. My mom uses it daily to surf the web and to send e-mail. That machine saw a lot of use. That kind of performance set an expectation in my mind. Perhaps it's an unfair expectation, but it's one that is solidified every time I buy another Apple-branded computer or gadget (remind me to tell you about my 7 year old QuickTake 200 digital camera and how it still takes pretty decent photos). Yet when it comes to my iPod, I felt like I "got took", and I'm really, really, REALLY ticked off about it, so much so that I tell everyone I know about my experiences and suggest that they do their homework before deciding to settle on an iPod. Posted by: Cecily on February 1, 2004 12:49 AM
Cecily: after reading all of that, I feel like an a-hole for responding the way I did. I hope the battery issue has been resolved in current generations of iPods and that Apple will examine the replacement battery scheme to accommodate some of the most loyal users in the universe when it comes to technology purchases. Posted by: ronn on February 1, 2004 01:07 AM