Let Digital Version of Suze Orman Plan Your Demise For Free

Let Digital Version of Suze Orman Plan Your Demise For Free

Shrill, savvy financial guru Suze Orman is giving away downloads of the will and trust kit she hawks. Just type in the code 898989 (blogger Kelly Whalen spotted the freebie) and you’ll be on your way to dictating your financial goals from beyond the grave.

Reader Says Firmware Update Borked His PS3

Reader Says Firmware Update Borked His PS3

After Agent Xray purchased The Beatles: Rock Band, he tells us his PlayStation 3 put up a speedbump on Abbey Road by requiring him to download the latest firmware upgrade in order to play the game.

http://consumerist.com/2009/09/02/heres-an-affordable-non-piratey-way/

Here’s an affordable, non-piratey way to round out your music collection for half (or less) of what you’d pay to Amazon or iTunes. Pitchfok has published their selection of the top 500 tracks of the 2000s. Online music service Lala is offering most of them for 50 cents each for a limited time.

iReel.com Offers Free Trial, Downloads Your Money Instead

iReel.com Offers Free Trial, Downloads Your Money Instead

iReel.com seems like a pretty neat and reasonably priced service, which allows you to harness the power of the interweb to beam recently released movies directly to your home computing device. However, two Consumerist readers have contacted us about the company, and their misleading or just plain dishonest “free trial” billing practices.

Pirate Bay Spreads Word About '$675K Mix Tape Tribute To Nabbed Downloader

Pirate Bay Spreads Word About '$675K Mix Tape Tribute To Nabbed Downloader

Remember Joel Tenenbaum, the guy who was busted for downloading 30 songs and ordered to pay $675,000 to the Recording Industry of America?

Vlog It! Might Be Good Software If Users Could Install It

Vlog It! Might Be Good Software If Users Could Install It

Vlog It! looks like a nice piece of software if you’re interested in video blogging. Now sold by Adobe, it makes putting video blog entries together about as easy as, well, iMovie.

Sony Adding All Songs Over Two Years Old To EMusic; EMusic Raising Prices

Sony Adding All Songs Over Two Years Old To EMusic; EMusic Raising Prices

Although eMusic is a great service—for a flat monthly fee, you get a set number of downloads per month of DRM-free music tracks—it’s about to get better. Or maybe worse, depending on the breadth of your musical tastes. Today eMusic will announce that Sony is adding its back catalog of songs to eMusic’s library. The bad news is that eMusic also plans to slightly raise prices and/or drop the number of downloads per month. Even if it works out to between 50-60 cents per track, though, that’s still far less than iTunes Music Store or Amazon, and probably the cheapest way to grab music from Sony artists without resorting to piracy.

Mystery Solved? Using OpenDNS Results In Glacial YouTube Downloads For Qwest Customers

Mystery Solved? Using OpenDNS Results In Glacial YouTube Downloads For Qwest Customers

Earlier this week, we posted an email from a frustrated Qwest customer who said he couldn’t download YouTube and other online videos at a speed equivalent to the Qwest service he was paying for. Qwest wrote to us, and spoke to the customer, and swore they were not interfering with any download rates. Instead, it looks like the problem is with OpenDNS, a free service that usually speeds up downloading, but that seems to have an issue when it comes to certain video streams.

Qwest Says It's Throttling Customer's Online Video Streaming, Then Says It's Not

Qwest Says It's Throttling Customer's Online Video Streaming, Then Says It's Not

Update: It turns out the problem is with OpenDNS, not Qwest. The original post is below.

This Comcast Rep Should Probably Not Be Talking To Customers

This Comcast Rep Should Probably Not Be Talking To Customers

Hannah needs some more training, because her knowledge of Comcast’s bandwidth cap is less than Comcastic. We also think calling her an “analyst” is maybe stretching it a bit.

http://consumerist.com/2009/04/02/filefront-isnt-shutting-down-after/

FileFront isn’t shutting down after all! The original founders decided to buy back the company from Ziff Davis Media after learning that the service was to be shut down at the end of March. [FileFront] (Thanks to Bob!)

No Manual? Look For A Digital Copy Online, Or Simply Ask For One

No Manual? Look For A Digital Copy Online, Or Simply Ask For One

Stephanie writes, “I’m guessing I’m not the only Consumerist reader to ever get a sewing machine hand-me-down or buy one from a garage sale sans operating manual.” In fact, there are all sorts of devices that require some level of instruction before you can get the maximal use out of them. The problem is, people lose manuals, and companies don’t always make them available for download once they’ve been pulled off the market. Stephanie almost paid $35 for a digital copy when she decided she’d try asking the company directly.

ITunes Offers To "Upgrade" The Already DRM-Free Songs You Bought From Amazon?

ITunes Offers To "Upgrade" The Already DRM-Free Songs You Bought From Amazon?

Update: Mike writes back to say that after reading the comments below, he checked his purchase history and the album is indeed listed there. What’s confusing is Mike didn’t buy it through iTunes, but through Amazon, but he says that other people did have access to his account and may have purchased it without his knowledge.

http://consumerist.com/2009/01/09/remember-that-norwegian-site-that/

Remember that Norwegian site that was offering Beatles songs for legal download? Yeah, well, not anymore. It turns out their licensing agreement stipulates that the shows they put online have to have been aired within the past 4 weeks, and all the Beatles shows are from 2007. [Exclaim News] (Thanks to elc81!)

Oprah & Orman Give Out Free Book: "2009 Action Plan"

Oprah & Orman Give Out Free Book: "2009 Action Plan"

“Suze Orman’s 2009 Action Plan” is free to download from Oprah.com for the next week. Unlike last year’s “Women & Money,” this book is intended for pretty much everyone. We haven’t read it, so here’s a line from the Amazon editorial review: “There are safeguards to put in place, actions to take, costly mistakes to avoid, and even opportunities to be had, so that you are protected during the bad times and prepared to prosper when things take a turn for the better.”

Blizzard "Can't" Refund My Money For Downloads That Didn't Work

Blizzard "Can't" Refund My Money For Downloads That Didn't Work

Reader Zach is having some trouble with Blizzard and is wondering what he should do. He tried to download a copy of Diablo II from their digital store, but the download didn’t work. Blizzard’s customer service then tried to download it again — which also didn’t work. Finally, they told him to buy it at an actual store — which he did. Now he’s bought the game three times and would like some money back.

Economics Professor Self-Publishes Textbook To Subvert Overpriced Publishing Industry

Economics Professor Self-Publishes Textbook To Subvert Overpriced Publishing Industry

R. Preston McAfee, a Cal Tech economics professor, is annoyed at how overpriced textbooks are. “‘The person who pays for the book, the parent or the student, doesn’t choose it,’ he said. ‘There is this sort of creep. It’s always O.K. to add $5.'” To fight back, he’s foregone the potential six-figure advance traditional publishing would have granted, and published his textbook online for free.

Quickly Get A Live Rep With Dial-A-Human

Quickly Get A Live Rep With Dial-A-Human

Dial-A-Human.com is just like Gethuman.com, offering a cheat sheet of secret codes to bypass annoying phone-trees and get right to a live operator.