iTunes Gets Greedy
It’s true. Apple’s iTunes online music service has raised it’s prices from the 99 cents it’s traditionally charged for a song to some screwy system where “popular” songs are $1.29, some songs are 99 cents, and the really old stuff is 69 cents.
I have to admit, this makes me unhappy. I hate to see prices rise, and I’m already grumpy at iTunes. As you may be aware, I’ve had computer problems lately. My hard drive died, so my backup data was loaded onto another hard drive, which died, so THAT backup data was loaded onto a third hard drive… Sadly, iTunes will only let you “own” limited copies of the songs you “bought” — the result being that the last time I tried to listen to iTunes I was warned that I can only make one more backup of my music library before it self-destructs and I have to buy all my iTunes downloads over again.
There’s a painful workaround to this (I think) — if I’m guessing right, I could burn all my iTunes downloads to CD as .aiff files, then reimport them back into iTunes again as .mp3’s. This will degrade the sound a bit, and will take a considerable amount of time — especially as the computer shop that fixed my hard drive broke my CD/DVD burner and can’t fix it, so I can’t make any disks at all at the moment…
Anyway, I’m a little grouchy about iTunes raising their rates, even when all the songs I personally like are probably in the “69 cent discount bin.”
One “Bill Richardson for President” bumper sticker, like new. Much like his innovate veterans’ health care program, it’s never been used.
I’m So Excited!
I’ve noticed recently that I use exclamation points a lot in my e-mails! It’s an odd thing, because I’m really a pretty low-key, laid back person, so I’m not sure where all this fervent punctuation is coming from! But it’s a little annoying! Kind of like when I went through my “dash” stage — dividing every sentence into two parts; if not three! Really — I was taught better than this! I mean — really!
Oh dang. I won.
I got a letter from the Publisher’s Clearing House last week. For months now they’ve been sending me letters, about one every three weeks or so, full of instructions on how to enter. Several times I’ve found myself poring through the material, trying to find the gold stamp and the silver certificate and the Seal of Authenticity, gluing them all in their proper places on the response form, hands aquiver, thoughts cheerfully spending my millions of dollars, dreamily pondering what life would be like if I knew how to pay the mortgage every month…
So my excitement was worth of an exclamation point when I found a letter with the words “You Won” printed in 80 point Helvetica Black on the envelope sitting in my mailbox! I ripped the envelope open, dreaming of things such as food and clothing and other such riches.
“You’ve won!” the letter read. “You’ve received this certificate worth $400 off the price of a digital camcorder!” Hooray! I’ve always wanted a digital camcorder — it would help my wedding photography tremendously! Exclamation points galore! I flipped the page over, only to learn that the camcorder in question cost over $600. There’s no way I could come up with the $200+ needed to complete the deal.
So, yay. I won.
I think I’d rather have lost.
Offer o’ the Day
If you’ve read this far, well, here’s your reward:
I’ve decided to give stuff away today to the first person to order something from HippieBoy Design. That’s, like, a $40 value!
That’s an hour’s free print design (business cards, business forms, letterhead, brochures, posters, whatever your little heart desires), if you order a web site I’ll give you one extra page free, if you want a photo shoot, you get the first hour free…
Offer good from now to 5 p.m. Central, today only (Wednesday, April 8).