How Dare You Call Me a Thief?

AR-thief2.jpgThe headline of this article from Associated Press is "Apple offers chance to go legit with new 'iTunes Match'" is intended to start illegal downloaders trembling in their Birkenstocks or jumping for joy. The gist of the article is that it's a big deal, an amnesty of sorts, that Apple will allow "ripped" and downloaded-from-sources-other-than-iTunes music into it's world. Excuse me? Isn't it the user who's being asked to allow Apple's musical deep-cavity searches?

Background for those not up to speed -  $25 a year Apple will scan your computer and duplicate the music files in its cloud data banks for access from any compatible device. iCloud promises to be a veritable instant hard drive in the sky. iMatch, as Apple calls it, will replicate the music files in your iTunes library at 256 kbps in the cloud.

But for those of you who only want to pay for something once, this quote from the AP article should get your juices flowing, "The service acknowledges a well-known fact -- that most music on iPods, iPhones and iPads was ripped or swapped. Apple reached a deal that gives recording companies more than 70 percent of the new fees, addressing a dark secret that has crippled the music industry, and provides them with some economic payback."

I'm beginning to think that Apple and what remains of the music "industry" doesn't trust its customers much. But, hey, no worries, many of their customers haven't trusted them for years...

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Uhm, pardon me? With my ~2500 CDs and ~3500 albums, I think the music industry should be sending me thank you gifts, not accusing me of using mostly illegally ripped music on my ipod. Apple used to the be the underdog. Now they're more "just another giant company", and have thrown in with all the other "just another giant companies" out there. Plus, they know where they make a good chunk of their money. They need the record and movie/TV companies to want to do business with them, so they toe the party line that all the customers are really mostly thieves, regardless of whether they really are or not.

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