Itunes and Apple Come Out as Anti-American and Anti-God

I always did think the whole Apple cult was a little too good to be true. I'll just keep my buggy Windoze box--assembled by real Americans from genuine Malaysian parts--and let the Apple boyz go impregnate themselves.

Posted by Mike Anderson at June 2, 2005 6:14 PM

It could have been one of his hirlings that did that. No excuse, tho. The buck stops at the top.

Posted by Howard Larson at June 2, 2005 6:22 PM

Um, I didn't see it. If it was there, it seems to be gone now. Instead there's a song called Difference by Acceptance.

Posted by alcibiades at June 2, 2005 10:17 PM

Search under "When the President" and it will come up marked free. I've a screen shot.

Posted by Gerard Van Der Leun at June 2, 2005 10:54 PM

As someone who is both a conservative and an iPod owner, I have to say that you're reading way too much into this.

Apple gives away free tunes all the time on the iTunes Music Store. In fact, my "Free iTunes" playlist contains over seventy different songs, all of them free downloads. Sometimes they agree with my political views; sometimes they don't. What's the big deal?

I'm usually impressed by the caliber of thought and writing skill that is exhibited here at American Digest. But this was nothing but an ill-informed rant.

Posted by Jon Connor at June 3, 2005 3:29 AM

FWIW: It's far more likely that the record labels dictate which free tunes Apple can offer, rather than Apple's actual employees. Failure to realize this illustrates a lack of understanding about how the music industry works.

Of course, Apple could probably refuse to offer certain free songs on the basis that they might offend certain political sensibilities, but do we really want them to do this?

Remove all songs with a political bias? Okay. Whoops! There goes the entire Country catalog. U2 is out...and there goes Jessica and Nick. Everyone happy now?

Posted by Jon Connor at June 3, 2005 3:37 AM

You know, you're right on both counts.

Posted by Gerard Van Der Leun at June 3, 2005 6:04 AM

Well stated Jon C.

Posted by Tim Germer at June 3, 2005 8:40 AM

oh dear, don't you think that "In this small and spiteful gesture, Jobs, Apple and iTunes have revealed that, at bottom, they're not exactly for America or for God. Perhaps they have forgotten their earlier lessons in hubris. Perhaps America and God will soon remind them." is a little arrogant? you didn't learn YOUR lesson in hubris yet, huh? well, think about it, next time you talk to god. the god i talk to doesn't like this crap, and perhaps it's the same One?

Posted by page2 at June 7, 2005 8:24 AM

re: part of the too rich too early and too easily syndrome

What makes you believe it is easy to make that much money. Do you have any idea what it took Steve Jobs to get where he had gotten?
He started from nothing, in garage, then was let down after he had went it up, she did not give up, and got back to the top.
Read here http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html

re: You purchase things and donate to charities not always because you want them, but because you accrue tax advantages from doing so.

What difference does this make if it is for tax benefits or from one's heart? The important thing -- those who are in need get money.
How much have you been helping those who are in need in comparison with the magnitude of resources he and other ‘milliners who made money on computers’ have been giving out for tax reasons or for a lack of such?

I have no relation to Apple, not a mac user either. Incidentally arrived at this letter and found it so narrow minded hat could not leave it without comments.

www.goncharova.com

Posted by Natasha at July 29, 2005 8:11 PM