If you were annoyed at having to wait three months for “Downton Abbey” Season 3 to hit PBS, you’re going to love this news. Apple is set to offer the final three episodes of the season before they air. Could this work for other shows?
The wait was painful but didn’t seem to affect viewership in the least. The premiere pulled in a record-breaking 7.9 million viewers. So what’s with the last three episodes being “leaked” before they play on PBS?
The BBC reports that while the final episode of Season 3 is set to premiere February 17, Apple will offer the final three episodes starting January 29. The catch is you’ll have to buy a “season pass” for the show on iTunes to get them. Read more…
Searching “vagina” on iTunes for a cheap thrill, basement pervs? You are shit out of luck. iTunes censors the word “vagina” from Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues on its e-book page in the title and throughout the teaser, spelling “vagina” as “v****a.” Strangely, though, iTunes does not blur the word “vagina” from the book’s cover image — hopefully no one sprains a wrist clutching their pearls upon seeing it. Thank you, Apple, for keeping for keeping us safe from such a dirty, bad word! How would my pretty little head have handled it if I wanted to buy a copy of The Vagina Monologues but I had to see the word “vagina” on your website? [iTunes.Apple.com]
My ex and I shared the same iTunes library and while in some ways it has served me well — so much Led Zeppelin! — it has also caused much, much embarrassment. You know how you can set your IM status message to show what song you’re listening to? Well, it is really no fun when someone out of the blue pings me and says, in a patronizing tone, “Why on earth are you listening to Shinedown?!” That’s why I’m taking the next 29 days to reorganize my iTunes, deleting the music I absolutely DO NOT want representing my taste on IM, creating playlists, and downloading new songs that I can’t wait to listen to on the way to work. I suggest you do the same and while you’re at it, add a bunch of rock star approved tracks by checking out our Get Your Rocks Off playlists from bands like Girl Talk and The Postelles, and singers like Rhett Miller and Craig David.
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When a breakup goes bad (when don’t they?), it’s natural to feel angry. There are the obvious ways to express that emotion–egging his car, throwing his belongings out a window, changing your locks. Or, you could take a more subtle and modern approach through technology. Sure, the following tactics might not be entirely legal, but they should serve as some inspiration.
1. Change the name of his shared iTunes library. You know how when you’re on a network, you see music libraries that usually read, “Sally Smith’s Library”? With a simple click on “Preferences” you can switch it to something nasty like “My Music Taste Blows” or “I’ve Got A Golf Pencil In My Pants”. This actually happened to someone I know. She didn’t realize it until she and her roommates were all sitting around one night working on their laptops and one of them asked, “Whose iTunes is called ‘Cheating Jerk’?”
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Your musical tastes say a lot about you, blah, blah, blah, so it’s kind of a big deal that in the current issue of Rolling Stone, Barack Obama divulges some of what’s on his iTunes. Obama says he has “pretty eclectic tastes,” and his playlist includes the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, and Bruce Springsteen. He thinks hip-hop stars like Russell Simmons, Jay-Z, and Ludacris are “great talents and great businessman,” but wishes his daughters could listen to their music without having to worry “that they were getting bad images of themselves.” I poked around the internet to see whether John McCain has a playlist making the rounds, but all I could find were these from his daughter, Meghan. [Rolling Stone] Keep reading »
While Isabella Rossellini may be known for her roles in Alias and Death Becomes Her, she’s now helping to answer the question people have been asking since the beginning of time — how do insects do it? Isabella’s short film series Green Porno will get to the bottom of this. Personally, we’re hoping the film delves into which insect has the best sex life — our guess is that spiders might have a tough time wrapping their…err, legs around it, with all of those appendages getting in the way. But check out these beetles doing it doggy style — sensual! Green Porno will be available on iTunes and streaming on sundance.org/festival beginning January 18. [Yahoo News]
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