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January 8th, 2005

Another Stupid Lawsuit

You know, President Bush was in Illinois this past week campaigning for lawsuit caps against the medical industry. He’d do much better, and gain more favor, outlawing lawsuits from dumbasses.

So some guy has sued Apple for “forcing” him to buy an iPod. He says that it’s not possible for him to use his iTunes Music Store downloads on any other player.

Ladies and gentlemen, here is how to use your downloads on any other player. Multi-step, yes. A bit of a pain, yes. Possible? Absolutely.

  1. Download music.
  2. Put music into a playlist.
  3. Burn CD.
  4. Import CD back into iTunes as MP3s.
  5. Copy MP3 files to your non-iPod.

Oh, look at that! I just saved Apple a ton of cash. All for free. This is the dumbest, stupidest lawsuit I’ve seen in some time. I hope this thing gets thrown out.

Posted in Technology

FROM: Ken
DATE: Saturday January 8, 2005 -- 10:52:20 am
Well then they are forcing him to buy a cd burner.



FROM: Paul
DATE: Saturday January 8, 2005 -- 11:50:21 am
How many computers nowadays don't come with CD burners?



FROM: Ken
DATE: Saturday January 8, 2005 -- 1:18:42 pm
I donno, but some, and did anyone see that hp cd/dvd burner that like was a printer too and could draw on the cd, would u need a special cd? And my computer didnt come with a burner.



FROM: Ken
DATE: Saturday January 8, 2005 -- 1:21:34 pm
But all that doesnt mean it is a stupid thing to make a lawsuit out of, i mean how much money could he possible get, money to buy all the songs he bought on itunes on napster, or a 20 dollar refund, he couldnt have bought more than 100 songs without noticing he couldnt use them, and 100 dollars is pennies to apple. I hate people who just try to get money.



FROM: Paul
DATE: Saturday January 8, 2005 -- 2:01:18 pm
Well, my big thing is that he's claiming Apple forced him to buy an iPod to use his iTunes Music Store purchases on a portable player... when that's not the case.

It's arguably the easiest way to do it, but that doesn't mean it's the only way - which his lawsuit contends. Thus I maintain it's stupid.



FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday January 8, 2005 -- 4:40:18 pm
Stupid, yes, but the guy suing NBC because he saw people drink liquified rats on Fear Factor is stupider.



FROM: Paul
DATE: Saturday January 8, 2005 -- 5:24:49 pm
Good call.



FROM: Heather
DATE: Sunday January 9, 2005 -- 11:04:04 pm
Funny you should have this topic, because just the other day I came up with my own stupid lawsuit. I thought about wives suing the NFL or NBA etc. for ruining marriages when all the husband does is sit around and watch sports 24/7, spends money they don't have on DirectTV sports packages and sports related clothing.



FROM:
DATE: Tuesday January 11, 2005 -- 2:51:33 pm
User Ken Writes:

But all that doesnt mean it is a stupid thing to make a lawsuit out of, i mean how much money could he possible get, money to buy all the songs he bought on itunes on napster, or a 20 dollar refund, he couldnt have bought more than 100 songs without noticing he couldnt use them, and 100 dollars is pennies to apple. I hate people who just try to get money.

Should I then be able to sue General Motors for forcing me to buy oil and contribute to polluting mother Earth because I bought a car that requires the usage of it? ::gasp:: Similar premise. Granted it's not GM brand oil, but who really cares? It's still a lock-in to buying oil for a car. ;) Where's my Hydrogen fuel cell car at daggumit? :D I want to be locked into Hydrogen so I can sue GM for that too. ::chuckling::

My wager is he'll spend more with his lawyer bills fighting this than if he'd just shut up and cut his losses, and buy from the online store he so chooses that is compatible with his player, or find a logical workaround (i.e. what Paul said). Most consumer PC's/Mac's have burners today, and a burner is only $29 (brand new, Samsung internal OEM from MicroCenter, can get a combo drive for $39, or a full-on Dual Layer 16x burner for $99... what I have in my PC), even cheaper if you buy used off of eBay. All of which is cheaper than getting a lawyer and fighting a company with a large market cap over your Englebert Humperdink collection not playing on your iRiver. Hell... not like he can't play his purchases within iTunes, so even if he can't take them with him on his portable... he can play them on his PC. Apple never said that you could play iTMS-purchased files on anything but your iPod. If you don't have an iPod... it's not their fault. They'll gladly sell you one to remedy the situation though. ;) Hell buying an iPod Shuffle would be cheaper than getting a lawyer to fight this I'm sure.

The moral of the story... people need to research and do their homework before they leap into a purchase. It's called being fiscally responsible with your own funds. It's part of being "AN ADULT". If you hose yourself for not doing the legwork... why should you be able to hose someone else for being imprudent with your own judgment?

Next thing y'know someone will sue Apple for buying a Mac and not being able to run Windows, or Windows software without having to buy a piece of software to do it (i.e. Virtual PC). They'll sue Apple because the PS/2 keyboard they bought at Joe's Computer Shack and Dollhouse Emporium doesn't work with their Mac Mini. They'll sue Apple because they can't find the optical drive on their iMac. They'll...

::user shakes head::

Bill Engvall should've ran for president. Could've used "Here's your sign" for his campaign slogan. I think I would've voted for him. :D Push the education ticket and help fight general stupidity. :) We need some of that. At least we wouldn't have to rely on SNL for political satire, especially since they're less funny and more dry than watching W himself. :)



FROM: Marcus Mackey
DATE: Tuesday January 11, 2005 -- 2:54:06 pm
::looking at above message::

Oopsie... forgot to add my vitals. LoL Guess the "Here's your sign" campaign can work to help out even more of us. ::whapping-self on head::

:D

I'm Marcus Mackey, and I approve of this message.



FROM: Joseph
DATE: Tuesday January 11, 2005 -- 5:42:35 pm
First, I'll sue the wax roll industry for not recording my favorite tunes that I played on my player piano. Then, once I'm done suing the Victrola industry for not recording my favorite hits on wax rolls, I'm suing the 8-track industry for not recording my favorite hits on reel-to-reel tapes. Then, I'm going to sue the cassette industry for taking away the use of my 8-track, and then I'm suing the CD industry for not recording my favorite hits to LPs. Of course, I'm going to sue the LP industry for not recording my favorite 78s onto 33 and for not recording all of my favorites onto cassettes. Then, I'm suing iPod for making my CDs obsolete, but only after I sue the CD industry again for including "bonus tracks" (even though they were usually junk) in the early days of CDs, when they were trying to force people away from LPs.

I should make about $10. After I pay me legal expenses, I'll be in the hole several million and will have caused similar economic wastage to those whom I sue.

Maybe I'll make it a class action. Anyone want to be a fellow plaintiff? Here's where to donate . . .



FROM: Ricky
DATE: Thursday February 2, 2006 -- 1:13:07 pm
I will hopefully take over the world one day and this is one of the first laws I will pass. Ironically, before reading this on your site, I sent this law to my roommate so he could approve it for me. :)

Addendum 50:51.10
If your suit makes any claim against someone for something that should be obvious to a 10 year old, and you can’t figure it out, then you are thereby deemed a moron and should be locked in a very small closet with your hands shackled to your ankles behind your back for a time no less than 24 hours. Food and water may be provided pending on how stupid your claim was. Pleading insanity will not be an option to you as that will be painfully obvious to the rest of us and allowing you to do so will just be stating the obvious. However, leniency will be given on a per case basis assuming you are willing to stand on a street corner, one Saturday a month for a year, with a sign that says that you can’t think for yourself, you are lazy and just wanted to take someone else’s money so you don’t have to get a real job. You must endure any criticism throw at you with a smile and say thank you to the person for being nice enough to talk to your stupid butt. Oh, and you’ll be wearing a tutu and moon boots just for good measure. And Heaven forbid your suit is against anyone for something being too hot. Hello? Steam = Hot! If this is the case, well, just hope it’s not!



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