The Destroyer

Micah called my attention to this story on AppleInsider, which notes that the Apple-NBC feud has culminated in the iTunes Music and Video Temporary Licensing Outlet dropping all NBC-produced programming. Good luck to NBC, trying to make money by requiring users to run Internet Explorer, download the NBC proprietary media player, and maintain the latest .Net framework (as a result of which, they can watch their purchases for 48 hours before they’re automatically deleted, and they can’t watch them on any handheld device apart from the CPU to which the file was originally downloaded). And you get to pay extra for all that grooviness!

But the money line comes from NBC’s Jeff Zucker: “We know that Apple has destroyed the music business — in terms of pricing — and if we don’t take control, they’ll do the same thing on the video side.” Yup, “pricing” — that’s what defines music and video.

Michael asked, the other day, what I thought about the Amazon Kindle — I promise I’ll get back to that, but first go to Michael’s place and download his album, happy xmas, x is here. ’Tis the season.

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