Playboy opens up its back catalog of magazines to the Internet for free, and we're all at a loss of words. Tread lightly, buzz brigade. Also, IE8 users are downgrading to IE7 after only one weekend of use. Something smells Vista-ee in here.
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Kindle firmware update
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Update on space bat
The truth about micropayments
Regarding the gentleman who left a voicemail on Friday’s podcast wanting to know why Apple is charging ten dollars for a firmware upgrade to the iPod Touch, why don’t they just give it away for free, I’d like to propose the following theory:
Apple is a company.
Companies make products.
More often than not, they sell these products to consumers for money.
Now here’s the beauty of it. You don’t have to BUY the product. If you’re happy with your iPod Touch as is (after all, you liked it enough to buy it in the first place, didn’t you?) than don’t pay the ten dollars, and continue to enjoy your device! If you’d like the fancy new bells and whistles, then pony up the ten bucks. Because the real question could very well be, “Why isn’t Apple charging MORE for their firmware upgrade?” In fact, they could be charging THIRTY dollars, and they’d be well within their rights to do so. That’s the beauty of this capitalist society we live in. And speaking of which, I know that times are tough right now, but really? It’s ten dollars. You’re going to be Oh-Kay.
And to Molly, who feels that Apple shouldn’t even charge for updates to OSX because they are essentially “service packs”– I believe that Microsoft is hard at work on a “service pack” to Window’s Vista, called Windows 7. And I’m pretty sure they’re going to charge for THAT.
Love the show.