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Apple is a very Blue company, and Steve Jobs a very Blue individual.

That said, Apple (through iTunes) is deeply in bed with Disney and ABC. That involvement is going to taint Apple's image along with ABC and Disney if The Path to 9/11 airs in its current slanted form.

For me personally, next week should be one to look forward to. Apple has a big announcement--is it a new video iPod, an iPod cellphone, the iTunes movie store, or perhaps, all three? I love Apple and iTunes, and I'd love to have an Apple cell phone. However, if that money is going to support a partnership between Apple and Disney that includes distributing this piece of trash for free via the iTunes store, well, there are other products out there I've never given a shot, and Amazon is launching their own movie store this week too.

So, Jobs and Apple have a choice. Speak up to ABC/Disney and tell them to cut the crap, or suffer a huge blow to their image, and the loss of loyal customers.

To that end, I have started this petition to Apple and ABC, stating that I will no longer purchase music and videos through iTunes if this show airs as-is. I'm dead serious. This petition includes a place where you can list your current average monthly spending on iTunes, so they can watch the dollars they are losing build up.

Make no mistake--I don't want to boycott iTunes--but I see no reason to remain loyal to a company that gets in bed with such scoundrels.

Originally posted to 2501 on Thu Sep 07, 2006 at 11:15 AM PDT.

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  •  This is fantastic (1+ / 0-)
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    I've tossed iTunes over $200. No more if they actually participate in propagating this diliberate disinformation campaign of ABC/Disney. I was all too happy to sign the petition.

  •  Try! (0+ / 0-)

    I've switched over from ITunes. Already wrote a letter to Steve. EMusic is independent labels, and they give it to you in unprotected mp3's! So it's, like, double-plus good. As for my Ipod... maybe I'll wait till the battery dies, then consider another option. The damned $100 battery thing drives me nuts anyway.

    Resistance is the secret of joy. - Alice Walker

    by benheeha on Thu Sep 07, 2006 at 11:17:29 AM PDT

  •  Apple and Jobs are reliably on our side (3+ / 0-)
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    HK, sandmancan, borkitekt

    Jobs does not control Disney. Largest shareholder, yes, but still just a small part. Boycotting ITunes just benefits Repub-friendly competitors.  It's a waste of time, too. Boycott Disney, or disparage their brand. For us to respond to Disney's lies with a boycott of one of the most progressive-friendly companies in America is Rove's wet dream.

    •  if you can't even count on your "friends" (2+ / 0-)
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      Ducktape, deepsouthdoug

      then who can you count on?

      Disney and Apple have major, major partnerships going on, and if Disney is revealing itself as willing to be this blatantly partisan (while claiming to not be), then Apple needs to understand the consequences of being so closely tied to Disney.

      Steve Jobs is not just the largest shareholder, he is also one of the richest and most influential men in the world. He has a reputation and a legacy that will be deeply, deeply tainted by this episode, and he needs to understand that. I do not know that he can single-handedly change things, but we need to put pressure on this from every angle.

      I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes...

      by 2501 on Thu Sep 07, 2006 at 11:23:32 AM PDT

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    •  How can you say "reliably" (0+ / 0-)

      when Jobs' company has agreed to distribute this piece of trash long after 9/11 and for free?

      I realize there are a lot of Apple fans here, but come on people. They've messed up and it's time they are held accountable.

      Otherwise why call them a blue company -- right now they're about to be a GOP tool.

      Iraq was not about 9/11. And bin Laden is still free.

      by Naturegal on Thu Sep 07, 2006 at 11:24:34 AM PDT

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    •  that, and the fact (2+ / 0-)
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      that it is not itunes job to make judge the truthness or correctness of things that third parties make available through their service.

      I can't think of any circumstances where itunes has refused to make something like this available for download

      Fleet's anime of the moment: Fushigi Yuugi
      Blogging in the Blue

      by FleetAdmiralJ on Thu Sep 07, 2006 at 11:24:48 AM PDT

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      •  usually (0+ / 0-)

        iTunes generally distributes items for free that are documentary, public-service/public-interest in nature. Not partisan, politican propaganda. If ABC wants to produce this crap and call it fiction, and have iTunes sell it, that's a different matter.

        Honestly, though, it is more the major partnership between iTunes and Disney/ABC that I have issue with. it is not iTunes' job to determine whether the piece is true, but Apple has corporate standards that apply to all the vendors it uses to build iPods and such, and it should also have standards with its upper-level corporate partners.

        I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes...

        by 2501 on Thu Sep 07, 2006 at 11:31:44 AM PDT

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    •  Point taken (0+ / 0-)

      If they're sympathetic to our cause, perhaps the petition should simply call for iTunes to not distribute this particular travesty rather than sever their ties with ABC/Disney altogether. Then maybe more of us can get behind the petition and turn the heat up on iTunes, which in turn would turn  up the heat on ABC/Disney.

      •  Yes, letters and requests to Jobs/Itunes (2+ / 0-)
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        are very appropriate and constructive. Boycott threats to them aren't.

        •  it's not a threat (1+ / 0-)
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          Hell Upside Down

          it's just true.

          Apple has built a brand based on being "different", and if they prove themselves to be willing to just go along with being part of this, they ruin that image.

          The bigger point, though, is that the show is slated to air this weekend there is not enough time for polite requests, we must jump straight to demands.

          I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes...

          by 2501 on Thu Sep 07, 2006 at 11:43:50 AM PDT

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          •  No, jumping is pointless (0+ / 0-)

            Apple can do little about this in such a short time. They certainly can't condemn Disney - I can guarantee you there's a nondefamation clause in their contracts with Disney. And they certainly can't give Disney orders!

            •  If the least Apple can do (0+ / 0-)

              is say that they will not distribute the item for free, in the guise of a balanced, public-interest piece, that would at least show they recognize they have been decieved.

              Beyond that, Jobs' Pixar has produced several of the top grossing films ever, and I think he has quite a bit more influence at Disney than the percentage of his shares alone would give him.

              I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes...

              by 2501 on Thu Sep 07, 2006 at 03:02:14 PM PDT

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  •  Boycott Sony (0+ / 0-)

    ABC is shown on Sony TVs.  So, we should all boycott Sony.</snark>

  •  Demand that Jobs stop distribution on iTunes (0+ / 0-)

    resign from the Disney board and sell his stock in the company or we're outta Apple. We'll sell our stock, and switch to other products that are less expensive anyway. OS X is cool but I use both X and XP and there's real difference other than cosmetic, and XP is more responsive on the net anyway.

    If not now, when? When they come for you, then it will be too late. Shout it from the rooftops, take it to the streets.

    by tjfxh on Thu Sep 07, 2006 at 01:01:29 PM PDT

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