Just when you think one monopoly is getting smaller…

Another one is waiting in the wings…

Okay I don’t get it.  If I buy songs on a computer… why is it that Apple thinks that it can keep track of an old laptop that I don’t even have anymore and block me from using music that I bought on a computer that I have?

And the only reason why I’m downloading (and for the record rebuying the movie) is because I want to have the Italian Job (original and remake) on this laptop for the train ride down to Santa Ana to pick up my MINI Cooper.  Mr. Jobs, Steve, dude, you are messin’ with my MINI obsession tonight… knock it off will ya?


8 Thoughts on “Just when you think one monopoly is getting smaller…

  1. Hendrik on August 27, 2008 at 2:44 am said:

    Do you ever read a license agreement? No offense.

    On Apples website you can deauthorize all your computers and then reauthorize your current Computers one by one.

  2. Richard on August 27, 2008 at 4:46 am said:

    Before you get rid of a computer, you should deauthorise it. Didn’t you know?

  3. Just be glad you didn’t use the other monopoly’s software. Have you ever tried moving purchased WMA files to another computer? What a nightmare!

    If you don’t have the old laptop anymore, the only option you have it to “Deauthorize all computers” and then you can authorize this and other computers. It’s not the greatest of systems, but it only takes a minute and doesn’t require phone calls and arguing with Walmart support because you purchased the music and a new laptop.

  4. PetieG on August 27, 2008 at 6:18 am said:

    … And, putting aside a prior computer’s crash and wipe, YOU as an IT professional should have un-authorized your old laptop. Simple fix: expire all pc’s on your iTunes account and re-with the ones you need. See how simple they make it

  5. It’s really quite simple.

    If you don’t like it, don’t use it.

    This type of practice (or shoddy implementation – take your pick) is one reason why I don’t use iPods or iPhones. Ditto with the dongle-enforced software licensing. Because at the end of the day there are always legitimate edge cases where it doesn’t work and you’re screwed.

    Unfortunately we’re seeing more and more of this, especially now the telcos are in on the act and want you in their walled garden. Compuserve/AOL all over again…

  6. In the link below, from the Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten, are 10 links to the best movie car races ever, the Italian Job from 1969 is voted the best. All 10 video clips are cool.



  7. bradley on August 27, 2008 at 8:58 am said:

    Itunes is a consumer product folks. The laptop died. Itunes is not an “IT Professional” platform. This is supposed to be written for Average Joe consumer, right?

  8. Dave Nickason on August 27, 2008 at 11:48 am said:

    I agree that if you don’t like it, you shouldn’t use it. That’s why I have a Zune instead. All my music is DRM-free, either ripped from CDs I own, or purchased MP3s from Amazon.

    My niece has had 6 iPods fail on her. I asked her why she keeps buying them, and her answer is 2000 DRM-protected songs from iTunes. IMO forcing her to keep buying iPods to have access to her music is the classic example of an abusive monopoly. Lesson learned.

    I think that Zune is one of the best technology products to come out in recent years.

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