This became a full-on Mac household after Christmas, with Veto treating the family not only to Apple TV but also a Mac computer and an iPhone for Saucy. Later he picked up an iTouch for himself. After the initial chaos involved in changing operating systems subsided and the several meltdowns that followed ceased, Saucy fell into a decent groove with the new hardware. The software, however is a different story.
Last night Saucy came to a horrible realization. She has been taken advantage of, manipulated, ripped off, some might say bent right over... by iTunes.
Witness: since the first (of seven) iPods entered our home in 2006, a total of 269 songs have been purchased in iTunes. Since the last update to iTunes 8.2 (required for the iPhone updates and the Apple TV), Saucy's library of purchased music has gone... missing. Like, photo on the side of milk carton missing. Have-you-seen-Michael-Jackson's-childhood-missing. No sign of it anywhere on the desktop or in the files. Gone.
In a little experiment, Saucy attempted to download one of the missing Elvis Costello singles again, expecting that the trusty Mac would direct her to the folder that the purchased music was hiding. Instead, she got this message:
iTunes is giving Saucy the option to upgrade the songs she already purchased to be DRM-free versions. DRM stands for digital rights management, meaning the upgrade (at 40 cents per song, $3.00 per album) will allow Saucy to use the music on other MP3 players rather than just the iPods registered to this computer and iTunes account.
Gah! The worst part is, it would appear that the internets have conspired and Saucy's purchased playlist has been wiped from her operating system. Hours of searching last night proved futile and frustrating. Interestingly enough, the Mac operating system directed Saucy and Buddy Budderson to a "purchased history" in iTunes that detailed every single missing song with a convenient BUY NOW button.
The best analogy Saucy can come up with is if Safeway called her and said, "You know those gallons of milk your children have been drinking since 2006? You need to bring us 40 cents for each one. We have a record on your Safeway Club Card so you owe us $325.00, you'll have to settle up before you can buy any more groceries from us, and by the way, your kids are now Vitamin-D deficient because that other milk was lacking." Are you following Saucy's train of thought, people?
Now Saucy has to either a) fork over the extortion sum and pay for the music she already paid for, or b) tell Loopy that her library of Jonas tunes and videos have gone bye-bye and endure the wrath that follows:
Reader, what would you do in the face of digital extortion?