Apple: Big Brother?

I thought it would be interesting to see what people are saying about Ricky Gervais's decision to charge for his podcasts. So I went to i-Tunes and checked out some of the reviews.

But here's a funny thing. When I looked yesterday, every review I saw was complaining about the decision to charge, or the price. When I checked back today, suddenly the reviews seem to be mostly good. Have I somehow stumbled on a differnt set of reviews, or is Apple doing a little bit of editing to make sure the debate doesn't take place in its store?

Posted by melvin | Mar 7, 2006 @ 3:48 PM | Comments (1)



Interesting... I browsed through those the other day and wasn't all that surprised that the overwhelming response was disappointment over the pricing model. You'd think instead of deleting reviews they'd just change the price. I mean, c'mon... I can get Battlestar Galactica for 2 bucks. (And if you're not watching that... stop what you're doing and go catch up. Now.)

The Gervais podcast is definitely one of the funnier things we've encountered over the past few months, but 2 bucks (or whatever it is) seems a bit much for a 30 minute ramble of what had pretty much settled into a formula and at times teetered on feeling staged.

I highly doubt Gervais & Co. cares one bit about any potential PR fallout from the price since it seems this was all done for a laugh anyway. The way to fund this thing would've been to set up some sort of "Karl Fund" via a Paypal or similar button on the site, and just drop the reminder a couple of times during the show.

The Brits have seem to have a much better sense of the appropriate lifespan of TV shows, etc. Perhaps the 12 free episodes should have been it. I haven't bought episode 13, and I doubt I will.

Andrew :: March 8, 2006 3:33 AM

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