And people start losing their shit.
Not all of them. But the complaints seem to boil down to two types: One, they're gouging me! and two, they've embedded my username and email address in this file!
No sympathy. In the first case, simple; don't buy it. You don't have to. You aren't even dealing with a monopoly; recent announcements of other DRM-free music stores have grabbed e-headlines. In the second case...
In the second case, leaving aside breathless wonderings about what nefarious things Apple might be encoding into the 'several hundred K of AAC metadata in these tracks other than the name and email' - um, I dunno, the album art? The lyrics maybe? TAG DATA? Dunno, somehow.
Also, try this one on for size. A couple of friends of mine and I (Hi petert! Hi luis!) were thinking about this, and I said "You know, I bet they've always encoded that data in the damn tracks. This outrage really strikes me as the blustering of a kid with his hand caught in a mousetrap left in the cookie jar."
Peter, bless his suspicious soul, immediately messaged me back:
11:07pm petert: jbz: oh btw 11:08pm petert: $ grep <username>01\ Working\ for\ Vacation.m4p 11:08pm petert: Binary file 01 Working for Vacation.m4p matches 11:08pm petert: the first itunes album i bought 11:08pm jbz: hahahaha 11:08pm jbz: and you haven't upgraded it? 11:08pm jbz: oh wait 11:08pm petert: nope 11:08pm jbz: is that because it has a path in it? 11:08pm petert: $ grep <username@provider> 01\ Working\ for\ Vacation.m4p 11:08pm petert: Binary file 01 Working for Vacation.m4p matches 11:08pm jbz: hahahahaha 11:09pm jbz: yeah 11:09pm petert: so much for outrage :)
Yeah. I mean, they have to populate that 'purchased by' field in Get Info somehow, right?
Posted by jbz at June 3, 2007 11:05 PM