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October 27, 2004


Kirk McElhearn

The new iPod does not "bundle" anything - and rightly so. It only includes a $50 discount coupon for a forthcoming set of U2's complete works.

If the music were "bundled" on the iPod, how would you back it up? Unless Apple included a CD with the songs in AAC format, there is no Apple-sanctioned way to get music from the iPod to a computer.

Robert Gable

True. What I really want is the ability to buy a large back-catalog for a particular artist or composer and have it provided on a CD in MP3 format for my own use. I won't hold my breath...

Kirk McElhearn

Yes, the idea of providing the music on a CD is interesting. However, it would not be protected by DRM, which is essential (for the artists) for this type of distribution.

But patience... It will happen, perhaps.

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