Lauren Goode

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Just When You Thought Christmas Was Over: Apple’s Freebie App

Apple’s holiday gift to you: Even more Coldplay. Today, Apple rolled out its “12 Days of Christmas” app for iOS devices, offering free daily downloads of music and media through Jan. 6. The app — for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and all iPads, as well as newer iPod touch devices — is available to users in the U.K., Canada, and parts of Europe; Apple did not respond to an inquiry about whether the app will be made available in the U.S. According to Boy Genius Report and others, the first free downloads are several Coldplay songs and videos, including a live album from a recent iTunes event in London.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work