Those bastards– proprietary formats rear their ugly heads again!

To finally take advantage of Home Media Option, I got a wireless adapter for my Tivo and I was so impressed with how fast and easy it was to just plug and play. I excitedly downloaded and set up the Tivo Desktop software, but when I went to listen to my new favorite song, “Diary” by Alicia Keys, my Tivo couldn’t find it. The problem? I had bought my legal copy of “Diary” on iTunes and Tivo doesn’t support AAC. Those bastards!

At first, I didn’t know who to be more annoyed at– Apple or Tivo. At first, I was annoyed at Tivo for not being able to play all of the music I had paid for. But then, I realized once again, I’m more annoyed at Apple in the long run. Hey, here’s fuckin’ idea– sell music in the standard mp3 format that the digital music has been using for years. This isn’t the first time the fact that iTunes sells files in the AAC format has been inconvenient for me. If it weren’t for the fact that I own an iPod (I have the old 5 GB one– oh God, please let it keep working), I’d really be screwed. Aside from the fact that now I can’t take advantage of a very cool feature of my Tivo, I’m always afraid that Apple, with its history of bad follow-through and committment to backwards compatibility, will just abandon the AAC format and/or iTunes for Windows (perhaps when Longhorn comes out) one day and I’m going to be stuck with legal, paid-for digital music that I can’t play. Of course, there’s always the burn to CD, rip from CD, encode to mp3 option, but it’s just so stinkin’ inconvenient and annoying. I mean, leave it to the entertainment industry to make cool technology annoying. The more ways I can listen to my legally purchased digital music, the more likely I am to buy digital music legally, dipshits. I paid for all this stuff– the Tivo, the wireless adapter, the music– and now that I want to take advantage of how all these things can be integrated into my space, my life, becoming an essential part of a higher quality life experience, you won’t let me. When did it become okay for companies to punish their customers?

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