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July 10, 2011

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Michael Anderson

Just a note - you CAN de-authorize all computers associated with the Apple ID, and then you just have to re-authorize them one at a time. I have done that more than once!

Art Kavanagh

"Apple, it seems, has a policy that allows only a set number of your computers to to access the music you purchased from its retail arm"
Music bought from the iTunes store in the last few years can be played on any computer (or any device capable of playing AAC files, such as a Sony Walkman or a Nokia phone) and not just on authorized ones. Music bought earlier can be "upgraded", at a certain cost per track.

The authorization/deauthorization issue is more likely to become a problem with films or tv episodes bought from iTunes. These do need to be played on an authorized computer.

Nick Rossi

Michael Anderson is correct. One only needs to log into their iTunes account and de-authorize their old computers that way. It's a simple process. However, I don't agree with Apple's limit and frankly am less and less a fan of their role in the music industry.

That said (and to speak to Michael Pettersen's point), they are one of the few legitimate download sites that offer music at "CD quality". While sound quality can be inconsistent with iTunes, I will say that most of the recordings that I have downloaded in the Lossless format compare favorably with CDs. To give one example, I did a taste test of some Blue Note RVG series downloads vs. CDs and the quality was identical to my ears. For this hifi fan, that goes a long way.

Charles Birkett

Hopefully the providers looking to stop copyright infringement will examine why iTunes and other "legit" music sources online offer multiple bootlegs of music that is still under copyright in the territory in question. Recently I had my iTunes download album artwork from them and dozens of Blue Notes in particular had Reid Miles' timeless artwork replaced by ugly computer-spawned atrocities.

Charles Birkett

My ultimate point being that it's hard to take the pleas to download music legitimately when iTunes is giving money to bootleggers for doing a crap job of appropiating someone else's copyrighted material.

T.K. Tortch

So -- in the Goodman clip -- what's the back story with the Red Norvo vibes gag? That some sort of in-joke, or a reference to some old act he used to do?

John Hulaton

Aubra Graves is the bomb. I'm glad you posted that clip. It proves that you don't need a million notes to sound great.

MrBill

Great tone, great feel - where has Mr. Graves been? I'd pay to see him for sure - in a venue larger than his music room, preferably!

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