Online Radio Ads

I don’t have a stereo receiver at home. On occasion, I like to listen to a local radio station online via iTunes. My biggest gripe are the ads. Do radio stations really need to play 15 minutes of ads before I hear the actual show? The only reason I stuck around was to find out how long the ads would run. 15 minutes of ads! You got to be kidding me. No one has that kind of patience just to hear a radio show. So now, I have this policy. If I hear ads, I simply switch stations. I know radio stations have to make money, but 15 minutes. Annoying if you ask me.

OS X Update 10.8.3

I’m currently updating OS X Mountain Lion on my Mac. The update is 567MB and takes about 15 minutes based on my connection. The OS update includes features and fixes such as:

  • Redeem iTunes gift cards in the Mac App Store using your Mac’s built-in camera
  • Boot Camp support for installing Windows 8
  • Boot Camp support for Macs with a 3TB hard drive
  • A fix for an issue that could case a file URL to quit apps unexpectedly

And a few more….

Here’s a snapshot of the update.

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For detailed info about the update, visit the following links:

Movies at Walmart.com

You can now watch movies at Walmart.com on the very same day when the DVD comes out. Wal-Mart bought Vudu.com eighteen months ago and is now poised to serve over 20,000 movie titles online. ABC.com breaks down the price structure like this:

Movies are available at Walmart.com to rent for $1 to $5.99 or to purchase for $4.99 and up. Wal-Mart is not offering subscriptions, making its service more similar to Apple Inc.’s iTunes, which charges $3.99 to rent newly released movies and $14.99 to buy a movie.

In addition to Netflix, another competitor streaming movies and TV shows by subscription is Hulu.com, which now offers a premium service for $7.99 a month with more back-season shows and more movies. Without a subscription, Hulu viewers can watch shows and movies free in exchange for watching advertising.

The online streaming companies, Apple, Netflix and Hulu, now have legitimate competition from Wal-Mart. And it’s cheaper.

Beatles Now On iTunes

The dispute is over. Apple Computers, Apple Corps and EMI Group Ltd. have finally agreed to sell Beatles songs in iTunes. The companies could have benefited from the iTunes digital downloads a long time ago, but the trademark battle didn’t help the cause. But it’s all settled now. This is just icing on the cake.

In any case, Beatles songs are now available on iTunes to the delight of fans worldwide. Downloads are priced at $0.99 cents each.

I’m still amazed that Garth Brooks, Kid Rock and AC/DC are still holding out on iTunes.

Finally, remember this record label? The good old days …