Apple Treads Lightly, Offers Compromise In ‘Breaking Bad’ Season Split Controversy

breakingbadimageAs we explained not long ago, it’s not at all Apple’s fault that the fifth season of “Breaking Bad” aired in two separate blocks of eight episodes each. Apple didn’t decide to charge fans for the second half of the fifth season as if it were a separate season. Yet Apple gets blamed because it’s their name on our credit card statements.

Apple was even targeted in a recent class action lawsuit seeking refunds of the twenty-three bucks that fans spent on a “sixth” season that Season Pass customers thought that they had already paid for. So we’re sure it’s purely a coincidence that Apple changed its mind, and reader Derek found this surprise in his mailbox:

Dear Customer,

We apologize for any confusion the naming of “Season 5″ and “The Final Season” of Breaking Bad might have caused you. While the names of the seasons and episodes associated with them were not chosen by iTunes, we’d like to offer you “The Final Season” on us by providing you with the iTunes code below in the amount of $22.99. This credit can also be used for any other content on the iTunes Store. Thank you for your purchase.

Detailed instructions for redeeming the code can be found at http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1574.

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Regards,

iTunes Customer Support

That’s a nice thing for Apple to do, especially when this isn’t their fault at all. Have other streaming providers sent refunds or credits to their customers who bought “The Final Season”? If so, we’d love to hear about it: you know where to find us.