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Music festival promotes acts through iTunes

updated 08:45 am EST, Wed March 3, 2004

SXSW uses iTunes for promo

Music fans attending this year's South by Southwest ( has so far wired 28 locations--with another 55 on the way--that will offer free WiFi access as well as iTunes shared music library playlist. Most songs are also available on the SXSW website. SXSW runs from March 17 to 21 this year.




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  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    RIPE

    This is just RIPE to inspire 10-15 spinoffs this summer!

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    Promote Health...

    Sure, they can promote a festival through iTunes, but Apple can't promote healthy lifestyles through it? Please.

    If anyone saw the video of the San Fran store opening, there were guys eating burgers and smoking. Surely they were windoze users who switched (traditional Apple users are healthy), so Apple really should start to promote vegetarian diets and discourage smoking.

    Maybe they can use a picture of a smoker's lung as the start-up screen for smoking mac users, or a photo of a brain savaged by mad cow.

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    Idiot

    " Sure, they can promote a festival through iTunes, but Apple can't promote healthy lifestyles through it? Please.

    If anyone saw the video of the San Fran store opening, there were guys eating burgers and smoking. Surely they were windoze users who switched (traditional Apple users are healthy), so Apple really should start to promote vegetarian diets and discourage smoking.

    Maybe they can use a picture of a smoker's lung as the start-up screen for smoking mac users, or a photo of a brain savaged by mad cow."

    You are a complete idiot! You cannot sterotype computerusers according to their lifestyle. Do you think that all MacUsers are: White, Heterosexual, Healthy, Vegan, Environmentalist, Wealthy ?

    Wake up dude. I smoke, don't exercise, eat tons of red meat, drink and sometimes do drugs. Guess what...I use a mac

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    edit

    Sure, they can promote a festival through iTunes, but Apple can't promote healthy lifestyles through it? Please.

    If anyone saw the video of the San Fran store opening, there were guys eating burgers and smoking. Surely they were ripe users who switched (traditional Apple users are healthy), so Apple really should start to ripen vegetarian diets and discourage smoking.

    Maybe they can use a picture of a ripe smoker's lung as the start-up screen for ripe smoking mac users, or a photo of a ripe brain savaged by ripe cow.

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    true

    I think they should attach some sort of device on the computers that only allow it to be used if the person hasn't smoked or eaten red meat in 30 days. Like those breath machines they put in cars for convicted drunk drivers who can no longer drive without having to prove they arent drinking.

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    did you know

    Of course, there's nothing to stop music vendors issuing their own digital signatures, tied to the buyer's credit card details and the system on which the track was downloaded - much the way Apple's FairPlay DRM technology works

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    Personally...

    ...I have no interest in being preached to by any company or government entity as to how I should live my life. It is none of their business. Period. They are their to provide a good or service. If I want lifestyle consulting or health counselling, I'll find it. I live a healthy lifestyle all on my own, thank you very much. That is a choice everyone must make for themselves, not have forced onto them by another entity or person. It's a personal freedom we have and one that we should all be defending right along with the right to free speech and freedom of religious beliefs. The moment we allow business or government to try and regulate or influence those things, we will have lost those freedoms forever. That includes Apple.

    From my side, I won't purchase goods or services that feel they have to push some sort of moral agenda on top of their consumer business. A good example of that is a take and bake pizza place just down the street from my home. The first (and last) time I bought pizza from them, I noticed a bunch of Pro-Life and anti-abortion literature in their lobby. Not a nice thought when you're buying pizza. Ick. So I get home with the pie and peel the saran wrap off it to bake it. Underneath the baking instructions I find all kinds of Christian literature. I wanted pizza, not preaching, and this kind of pissed me off. I've never been back to their establishment. I know many others who have had a similar experience with that and other companies.

    Would I stop using Apple products if they had some sort of moral/religious/social agenda that they tried to shove down their customer's throats? Damn skippy I would, and that would be a shame because I do love Apple's products. Thankfully, this is not an issue, nor do I see it becoming one. Steve-o has been very clean in his separation of business and his personal views. He gets it, and if he can then anyone can because he has some pretty strong personal views.

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    RIPE.

    this stupid debate is just RIPE to go on for 10-15 comments.


    People -- shut up and don't feed the PC trolls.

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    re: RIPE.

    I'm sorry... a RIPE poster calling other people to the mat for their posting habits?

    That's just wrong on oh so many levels.

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    Anyone...

    who can think of nothing meaningful to contribute to a discussion besides a very worn out use of the word "RIPE" obviously has zero credibility. A RIPE user calling people trolls AND trying to tell people to stay on topic? Riiiight. This is the first and last time I'll ever respond to the RIPE Troll(tm), but it just had to be said. Drink your glass of hypocrisy and shut the h*** up.

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