Summit Up 5-1-10: Angry with Steve Jobs
Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s more than a little irked at Steve Jobs and Apple Computer. Those who’ve ever been in the Summit Up Central Corporate Suites know that Summit Up and all the rest of the Daily comes to you courtesy of Mac computers – and this is only partly due to the fact that we’re elite liberal media snobs. It’s just been the case that the folks who own the paper have always bought us Macs, and that’s the way it’s been.
And we love our Macs. A couple of years ago when the Powers That Be were talking about replacing them with PCs …
(sound of gagging, choking, horror)
… some of us threatened to quit before we submitted to such torture as, say, Windows Vista or Windows 92 or whatever.
But we have to agree with Jon Stewart of The Daily Show, who asked Apple the other night if they were turning into “the man” after the cops were sic’d on the Gizmodo dude who somehow got his hands on a prototype of the new iPhone. What we’re up in arms about is that our favorite music website – http://www.lala.com – has been bought by Apple and is slated to be closed down by May 31.
Lala is the best music website because you can listen to whole albums on there for free before you buy – and you have (had!) your choice of buying the MP3s or just a lower-priced “web version” you could just listen to on the Lala site. We’ve gotten to know so many new, cool bands on Lala, and you can suggest songs and albums to friends you’re connected with, rate things, review things, etc. It’s awesome. But, because Lala is so much better than iTunes (and cheaper), Apple bought it up and is shutting it down. The dogs.
So, although it breaks our Mac-lovin’ hearts, we have to issue a Scum Alert! Scum Alert! to Steve Jobs and Apple for this dastardly act. We’ll miss Lala, and just hope something else springs up in its place and that it takes a year or two for Apple to pull out the checkbook.
Well, it looks like it might be another great day for skiing at A-Basin or at Loveland – which is closing this weekend. We hear you need to get to the Basin pretty early, since last weekend parking got to be a big problem after the big dump. Maybe not as bad this weekend, but even so: early bird gets the worm – and the Basin parking spot.
On that note, folks, we’ve gotta bail. Have a great mud season weekend and be safet out there.
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