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Thursday, October 20, 2005

The Evil That iTunes Does (And the Hideous Strength of Late Night Purchasing Power)

It’s late at night, my mind wanders, and my will is weak. The iTunes Music Store now sells video downloads, and I find myself wondering if the videos for a-ha’s “Take on Me” and “The Sun Always Shines on TV” are available. They aren’t.

I find myself wondering if there are any Screaming Trees videos available. Life is wonderful.

I am now the happy owner of four Screaming Trees videos (priced at $1.99 each) and feeling giddy as a school boy on his first date. See, I’ve always wanted to be able to buy videos for songs that I grew up with. I want to see Billy Idol’s well-practiced sneer on “White Wedding” and the killer animation from a-ha’s “Take on Me.” I want to watch the disturbing Alice in Chains video for “Man in the Box.”

Growing up with an MTV that constantly played videos gave so many of those songs a visual connection that was nearly as strong as (and in some cases, probably stronger than) the aural connection--and Apple just tapped into a long held desire on my part to be able to see those videos again.

Apple has once again found a way to take money from my pocket.

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I can play “Man in the Box” on guitar.

on Oct 21 2005 @ 02:15 AM

At least for Alice in Chains and, I believe, A-Ha, you can stream the videos for free from Launchcast at Yahoo.  It’s not the same quality, I guess, but, hey, free dummy.

Doesn’t look like they have Screaming Trees though.

on Oct 21 2005 @ 06:03 AM

Streaming means that they can take it away from me in the future. Ownership is forever.

This is why I don’t do any of the standard online music subscriptions: if I’ve bought it, I don’t want to have to continue buying it to continue enjoying it.

on Oct 21 2005 @ 08:27 AM

iTunes is fun, but dangerous. Just try to restrain yourself from buying any Debbie Gibson songs. On second thought, the video for Lost in Your Eyes was pretty powerful.

on Oct 21 2005 @ 09:43 AM


I get lost, In your eyes

Heh-thanks for the time warp.

Me? I just downloaded Cake’s I Will Survive.  Umm, both versions.  Hmm, a glass of Shiraz with only a Caesar salad for lunch makes for some typing challenges.

on Oct 21 2005 @ 12:17 PM

I’m still waiting for ‘Pop Goes the World’

on Oct 21 2005 @ 02:24 PM

Utah? Shiraz?

on Oct 22 2005 @ 08:49 AM

Yes.  Wine is sold in Utah.  Well, at least before 7 P.M.and certainly not before 11 A.M.

I assume that was your surprise?

on Oct 22 2005 @ 07:21 PM

Yeah, that was a lame joke. Sorry, Rae.

on Oct 22 2005 @ 07:37 PM

Oh, I’m going to be downloading some episodes of Lost.  It’s almost as good as Firefly.  I’m pretty much hooked.

Hey Rae:  Utah?  I forgot.  A remastered joke by Charles Fleischer:

Charles (to audience member):  So where are you from?

Audience member:  Utah.

Charles:  I’m sorry?

Audience member:  UTAH.

Charles:  No, I mean I’m sorry you’re from Utah.

(Really, you are too much for Utah.)

on Oct 22 2005 @ 09:39 PM

If I am not being too presumptuous and that parenthetical was for me, DF:  Awwww.  Thank you :D

Matt, no need for sorry.  I hate it that I have to get whatever wine is shipped in.  The consistent item they carry any particular brand in is the liquor, which I never buy.  So, if I happen to be able to get a decent glass of Shiraz while out, then I do, and if someone screwed up and bought more than one bottle at the wine garage sale for the pimped, government owned, liquor stores in Utah, then I buy those up, too. But they never have the same label twice, so I am accumulating some expertise.

(No time to edit or preview, so please excuse any mistakes).

on Oct 23 2005 @ 04:38 AM

Yeah that was for you.

Downloaded 2 episodes of Lost so far.  The quality’s a little better than I expected watching it full screen.  Not quite DVD quality, but not overly pixelated.  The only annoyance is the more than occassional vertical tearing:(

Nice thing about watching videos in iTunes is it picks up where you left off watching, even if you’ve switched between videos.

on Oct 24 2005 @ 12:42 AM

I have never seen Desperate Housewives, and now that it’s available via iTunes...I still won’t.  However, if I could get Scrubs, I would. 

Perhaps a new advertisement for Lost could be:  Get Lost on iTunes…

Kinda covers two bases, eh?

on Oct 24 2005 @ 09:08 AM
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