Ex-cons

Ex-cons
: I”m watching TV tonight and see an early-teenage girl in front of a Mac, drinking a Pepsi, saying, “Hi, I was one of the kids who was arrested for downloading music free off the Internet.” Cue slug of Pepsi. She says she’s still downloading music free thanks to the Pepsi iTunes promotion (while, in the background, we hear, “I fought the law and the law won”). There’s the first and only attempt I’ve seen by the music industry to make its customers look like friends. Only it didn’t come from the music industry. It came from the soft drink and technology industries. Oh, well.

And, of course, thanks to the Web, everybody’s a winner.

  • Jeremy

    The trouble is, many people cannot use iTunes, even if they wanted to, because it’s only for Macs and those with Windows XP or 2000.
    There is no reason for this, other than Apple wants to screw over potential customers.

  • chet

    History will prove that Steve Jobs saved the music industry with iTunes…

  • http://www.adrants.com Steve Hall
  • jay Gilbert

    “Apple wants to screw over potential customers.” Yep, that’s what businesses like to do … decrease business.
    Actually, Jeremy, when Apple made iTunes and iPods available for Windows, everyone noticed, because it was the first time Apple had ever made software or hardware that DIDN’T run exclusively on their own products. It’s almost as if they actually wanted additional customers.
    The fact that iTunes doesn’t work with Windows 98 or 95 really isn’t intended as a personal insult; it’s just that developing versions for fading operating systems isn’t cost-effective. Apple also has no versions for any Mac OS more than 2 years old.
    Note to Jeff Jarvis: the kid in the TV spot doesn’t say she was “arrested” for downloading. She says she was “prosecuted,” and even that word is misleading. She was “sued.” Big difference.
    Jay Gilbert
    Cincinnati

  • djohn66

    If itunes is only for mac why it on my computer ,Windows xp.

  • djohn66

    oops diregard last post :)

  • http://www.tonypierce.com tony

    thats green day covering the clash. an ideal song to download, by the way, since it doesnt appear on any of their cds.

  • http://www.geocities.com/churchoffandel Ricky Vandal

    Record companies always use the argument that the artist will starve if you download their music for free. Actually artists make money touring, playing. Albums are so expensive to make and market, they hardly recover the cost, unless it’s a platinum cd.

  • http://www.themediadrop.com tom

    tony, great point – which shows why, as long as they’re promoting it, “I Fought the Law” will be on the Top 100 songs of the day.

  • linden

    “Record companies always use the argument that the artist will starve if you download their music for free. Actually artists make money touring, playing. Albums are so expensive to make and market, they hardly recover the cost, unless it’s a platinum cd.”
    But they’re really worried about the cash cows who can’t sing and don’t tour. People like JLo. Yes, the artist will starve and no one will care. This could be a good thing because it could force actual artists out there.