Last December, Apple gave me a newspaper wrapped pile of poo when they announced the purchase of LaLa music stream services. At this time, there was speculation that market?">Apple may be entering the streaming market; something that their iTunes store did not yet support. While this may or may not become a reality (I highly doubt it), customers!">Apple has decided to abandon customers!">LaLa's huge member base.
While most anybody close to me may know, I am not an Apple fan boy by a long shot, but I have always been a fan of their post-Intel switch hardware. While I have never "looked" for a reason to hate Apple, today I didn't have to. They served me a good reason on a silver platter.
Apple will be refunding any funds currently left in your LaLa wallet in the form of iTunes credits... yeah, I know right!? Apple will also credit any "web-listen" purchases to the iTunes credits to which you have the option to re-purchase music. This seems like a far fetch from a reasonable exchange. Especially when "web-listen" albums usually cost between $1-3 and an individual iTunes MP3 download is around $0.99!
If you look carefully in the small print at the bottom, Apple will issue a check for the full refund of any un-used monies in your digital wallet but this does not include compensation for the "web-listen" albums you may have purchased. So if you have some left over change in your wallet (ie: I had 79¢) and another $17 in "web-listen" purchases, you'd only get a check for 79¢ but if you don't send a request for a check, Apple will credit you the $17.79 rounded up to $20 in iTunes credits!
So Apple is basically giving you the finger and forcing you to install their system integrating crap-ware iTunes before you can redeem your credits. Even then you may be purchasing over priced DRM'ed songs unless your favorite artist has an option for DRM-free downloads...
Apple, you just lost a future customer. I'll stick with my Android powered Droid phone, my DRM-free music catalog, my Amazon MP3 download subscription... hell, I may even bust out my Zune just as an act of rebellion! So long Apple!
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