Apple: Blame The TV Networks For Half-Seasons Sold At Full Price

Apple: Blame The TV Networks For Half-Seasons Sold At Full Price

What is a “season” of television? It’s all the episodes filmed and aired within the same production period, isn’t it? Only networks’ habit of splitting a “season” in half has made the definition of what a “season” is kind of fuzzy. Maybe it’s an artistic decision or a cash grab, but all fans know is that they’re kind of confused. [More]

(The Joy Of The Mundane)

Between Microsoft And PayPal, Somewhere I Have A Refund

Steve bought a digital download of Windows 8, but decided that it wasn’t for him. He downgraded to Windows 7, got rid of all traces of the upgrade, and got a refund of the purchase price. At least that’s what Microsoft says. The refund is trapped in some kind of terrifying digital underworld between Microsoft and PayPal, serving as a warning. [More]

Seems legit.

In-Store-Only Digital Downloads Are Not The Way To Get People Flocking Inside Best Buy

For brick-and-mortar retailers, getting customers to walk into their stores has always been a challenge. Today, it’s even more so. But the secret to success in the third decade of the e-commerce era probably isn’t making digital downloads “In-Store Purchase Only.””I wanted to buy some Microsoft points for Xbox…..ummm, I’m not quite sure I understand this one Best Buy,” reader Aaron writes. “Digital Download in-store?” [More]

When Buying Music From Amazon, It Can Sometimes Be More Expensive To Only Buy Mp3s

When Buying Music From Amazon, It Can Sometimes Be More Expensive To Only Buy Mp3s

In most cases, it will cost you more to purchase a new CD than it would to buy that same music as an mp3 download. Which makes sense, since digital files don’t have the high manufacturing, shipping, or storage charges that physical discs do. But sometimes, you could end up on the short end of the stick if you just assume that the mp3 will be cheaper. [More]

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Flixster Gives Me Free Movie I Find Offensive, Provides No Way To Delete It

When Thomas buys films on DVD or Blu-Ray, they often come with an Ultraviolet digital download code that viewers can use on a variety of digital platforms. He keeps them on a Flixster account, which lets him stream movies wherever he happens to be. He’s about to delete this account. Why? It’s a great service, and something he doesn’t have to pay extra for, but they granted him a free movie that he hates seeing in his account. [More]

iTunes No. 1 In Online Movie Rentals, But For How Long?

iTunes No. 1 In Online Movie Rentals, But For How Long?

Those who rent films online — presumably not counting Netflix streamers, who pay monthly subscriptions — use iTunes more than any other service, but Apple’s stranglehold on the market is loosening. [More]

Downloadable Album Costs More Than CD On Amazon

Downloadable Album Costs More Than CD On Amazon

Rob points out a pricing quirk on an album he’s after, noting that the physical CD is considerably cheaper than the digital download. [More]

Avast! Ten Percent Of Ye Be Movie Pirates

Avast! Ten Percent Of Ye Be Movie Pirates

Yo ho ho and a bottle of illegally downloaded Paul Blart: Mall Cop. A Futuresource Consulting survey says 10 percent of the people it spoke to in the United States and Europe have watched illegally downloaded movies.