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July 22nd, 2005

My adventures against Apple @ 04:14 am

typewriterking:
I'm currently hearin: U2, Native Son


Deciding to circumvent the so-called “Complete U2” boxed set monopoly can be quite a thrilling adventure. I’ve looked through the list, and what a long list it is!- and became furious that I couldn’t buy the unreleased songs from the All That You Can’t Leave Behind and How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb studio sessions. I’m sure others have been outraged. Most of us have practically all the songs but those few treasures, and would prefer to only pay for them individually, if possible, rather than the $150 (US) for the few songs we don’t have.

I don’t enjoy taking songs I didn’t pay for, but I have a confession, I robbed the vaults. The Apple monopoly didn’t stop me.
What I did was I used the “Dogpile” search engine. I'm guilty of a cybercrime. Notice that with the Dogpile engine, you can search "web,"
"images," "audio," "video," and so on. I used "audio." Simple. Then I decided what I wanted. I wanted Native Son.
This track is a prototype of Vertigo. Armed with a 128k internet connection, I finished in a minute. Very soon, I heard the familiar riffs I'd heard since buying HTDAAB in December, only, it was Vertigo from a parallel universe! It was no longer the rocking spiritual song I've grown familiar with, but an equally powerful protest anthem about one Leonard Peltier. Interesting!

The strange case of Peltier would make an excellent (and original) facet of study for a Criminology paper, there are so many declassified papers to dredge through. I love researching cases. So that song opened something up for me, but I quickly put my browsing to rest, after mentally filing away a wish to buy a sample of Mr. Peltier's artwork, and resumed ripping off Apple. Dogpile turned up Christmas (Baby come home), lasting 2:20. Who's spoken voice is that at the beginning? Anyway, after opening it in the Windows media player, I noticed Apple's rival, MSN Music, had the single for sell in their music store. I clicked the icon/button that identified the song, and learned the Christmas album’s release was October of 1987. I promise to make things right, and pay for the song later. I’ll buy Sting’s rendition of Gabriel’s Message at the same setting.

That settled (and after "temporarily" capturing some more songs"), it was off to the Amazon music store for rare singles when I browsed through the reviews of 
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As for the rest of you, if you aren't entertained by my (mis)adventure, I'll provide a link to someone's love/hate poem about Bono. I was surprised to find only one poem of this nature at a site claiming to host 503,103+ works of poetry. I guess none of you guys have accounts there.

 
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From:kohls_samurai
Date:July 22nd, 2005 11:43 am (UTC)
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Hmm, I tried this for Baby Please Come home but any MP3 files I d/l can not be opened with Windows Media Played. I have to used either Quicktime or IE. Weeeeeeeeird.

Anyway, I love that song.
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From:typewriterking
Date:July 23rd, 2005 06:23 am (UTC)
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Everyone loves it, in my experience.
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From:boriel
Date:July 22nd, 2005 01:02 pm (UTC)
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thank you for teh link to Leonard Peltier and teh back history on this version of the song, now it makes much more sense to me. if only they could rework the song with a new tune and still get it out there one day.
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From:typewriterking
Date:July 23rd, 2005 06:21 am (UTC)
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You're welcome. I'm sure the song will go through an evolution and find a home on the radio next year.
From:walrusoct9
Date:July 22nd, 2005 03:23 pm (UTC)
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I still can't believe anyone paid for that complete U2 thing. The files were up in non-restricted, normal people mp3 files within a few days of that set coming out, and we were all enjoying "Levitate" and "Mercy" without having to pay Apple a dime, it was great. :)
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From:angelkitten13
Date:July 22nd, 2005 09:01 pm (UTC)
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I paid for the complete thing. And, I have to say it was worth it with two exceptions: It took forever to download. Two and a half weeks. Everyone else said it took three hours. But I did hear about others having issues like mine, too. When I complained to Apple about it, I was told that they couldn't help me because of my personal information being in the Music Store section and it could possibly be hijacked. Talk about customer service!

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From:canadanne
Date:July 22nd, 2005 05:09 pm (UTC)
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Christmas (Baby come home), lasting 2:20. Who's spoken voice is that at the beginning?

Bono's.
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From:typewriterking
Date:July 23rd, 2005 06:19 am (UTC)
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No way!
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From:mrslat
Date:July 23rd, 2005 04:04 am (UTC)
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"Apple" and "monopoly" in the same sentence? Ha. Ha.
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From:typewriterking
Date:July 23rd, 2005 06:19 am (UTC)
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Maybe not in PC sells, but they have plenty of song exclusives.

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