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Whitney Houston and the Politics of Posthumous Pricing

Early on Sunday morning, somewhere around 4 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, the going price of “The Ultimate Collection,” a greatest-hits compilation by the newly departed musical icon Whitney Houston, jumped 60 percent on the U.K. version of Apple’s iTunes store. By Sunday night, the price had dropped, but by then The Guardian had also taken note.

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The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

The name Steve Jobs has been sweet on the lips of techno-capitalist fankids pining for a cultural hero since long before the Apple CEO succumbed to cancer late last year. Since his death, an author and an actor have taken some of the first shots at shaping his legacy. With an eye on the man’s cruelty toward his employees at home and abroad, n+1 reviewer Gary Sernovitz tries to fill in the blanks.

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A Dramatic Reading of iTunes Rules, Starring Richard Dreyfuss

This is quite an exemplary display of dramatic prowess on the part of actor Richard Dreyfuss, who put his thespian talents to work to great effect in these dramatic readings taken from iTunes’ EULA (End-User License Agreement) for CNet. You will comply!

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Sony Makes a Play for Apple’s Online Music Empire

The seeming stranglehold that Apple’s iTunes has had on the online music market could be challenged, or at least loosened, by the imminent release of a competitor from Sony this quarter. Author, scholar and Truthdig contributor Aram Sinnreich ...

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Apple Yanks WikiLeaks App from iTunes

On Monday, Apple engaged in another round of Dubious App Politics by pulling a WikiLeaks application for the iPhone and iPad from the iTunes app store after offering it for a mere three days, according to The New York Times.

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Rolling Stone Finds ‘Lost’ Lennon Interview

Handily aligning with the unleashing of The Beatles’ music into the iTunes computerverse, as well as with the 30th anniversary of John Lennon’s death, Rolling Stone magazine has published heretofore unreleased portions of the slain Beatle’s final interview ... (continued)

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Apple Pulls Anti-Gay App From iTunes

After a consumer uproar, Apple Inc. quietly took down a controversial—and conservative—app Friday called the Manhattan Declaration, which includes a feature that informs users that they’re wrong if they support same-sex relationships.

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The Beatles and iTunes Come Together, Finally

The Beatles played their iconic songs in countless legendary venues, but until Tuesday their music had yet to conquer one crucial platform: iTunes. That’s about to change, thanks to a long-awaited and now done deal between the band and Apple Inc.

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Now You Too Can Be Among the Powers That Be—Thanks to ‘iBailout!!’

Leave it to the good ol’ U.S. of A. to produce this sort of thing: An enterprising gaming company by the name of Hands-On Mobile has created an iPhone game that allows users to play the part of the money-gobbling Fed. In this digitized satire the Fed actually eats angry citizens. But fear not ... (continued)

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Right Move, Wrong Reasons:  Inside the EMI/Apple Deal

Media analyst, scholar and musician Aram Sinnreich takes a close look at tech giant Apple’s joint venture with major recording label EMI to offer music that is free of the restrictions imposed on consumers by “digital rights management.”  Sounds like music to our ears, and those of the iPod-toting masses, but the author detects a hidden agenda behind the deal.

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