Friday, September 28, 2007

New TV on Unbox [wmv]

Amazon Unbox Video Downloads

Unbox has added some new freebies. Some of these items are currently also free on iTunes, so pick the format you prefer. Others are so far exclusive to Unbox. On a side note, Amazon also launched its much-touted DRM-Free MP3 Download store... But back to television.

You can currently get the following list of episodes free (for a limited-time) on Amazon Unbox Video Downloads service:

  • The season 3 premiere episode of Bones (The Widow's Son In the Windshield), which is also currently available for free on iTunes. See this post: The Widow's Son... [m4v]

  • The season premiere episode of the new series Gossip Girl (Pilot), which is also currently available for free on iTunes. See this post: Gossip Girl Pilot [m4v]

  • The season 4 premiere episode of the series House (Alone). Not on iTunes. Get it here.

  • Two episodes from season 2 of How I Met Your Mother (Something Borrowed, Something Blue). Both of these are also currently available for free on iTunes. See this post: Something Borrow...[m4v]

  • The entire first season of Jim Gaffigan's animated short, Conan O'Brien's Pale Force. Not on iTunes. Get it here.

  • The season 2 premiere episode of Rules of Engagement (Flirting With Disaster). It's $1.99 -- not free -- on iTunes. Get it here.
FYI: Additionally, if you are a new Unbox customer, you should also get a $1.99 USD credit added to your account after you place your first Unbox order. This credit is good towards another video download -- which means you could also get another free TV Show episode as most of these list at the $1.99 price point. If you have not previously used the Unbox service, "purchasing" any of the free episodes mentioned in this post should count as your first Unbox order.

You know the drill... if the Best Price/s listed below has changed from $0.00, then this offer has expired. You can use the "offer source" link at the bottom of this post to see a list of all the current Free Unbox Downloads, or simply click the individual link for the specific item you're interested in below.



NOTE: Amazon Unbox Video Downloads are in DRM-protected formats. Each download is either a DVD-quality PC File [WMV] or a TiVo "Best Quality" video [MPEG-2] playable on a Series2 or Series3 TiVo DVR. In addition, you also have the option of downloading a portable media player version of any videos that you purchase. Portable version videos -- in Amazon's own container [AMZN] -- work in most Windows Plays For Sure mobile devices. You need an Amazon account in order to use the Unbox Video Downloads service. Account registration is free. All Unbox purchases (after the first one) are made using 1-Click ordering (which means you'll need a valid credit card on file), so do verify all prices before submitting an order.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Hotel Chevalier [m4v]

iTunes USA - Movies

Something cool... a movie for free. Director Wes Anderson has created a short which forms the prologue to his feature film, The Darjeeling Limited. The short flushes out the film's title character, giving him a back story. You can get the exclusive short film Hotel Chevalier [152.9MB/M4V] starring Jason Schwartzman & Natalie Portman for free for a limited-time.

The above short film, Hotel Chevalier, has an average rating of 4.5 stars on iTunes USA (w/ 12 reviews). I wondered why this was a popular internet search item, well apparently, Natalie has a nude scene.

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video . iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.

  • Download Hotel Chevalier [^iTunes] by Wes Anderson /Fox Searchlight Pictures [Explicit] (Movies - Short Films)

NOTE: This short film carries an EXPLICIT tag.
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Listening to:
Wasis Diop - Everything (...Is Never Quite Enough)

Something Borrow...[m4v]

iTunes USA - TV Shows

Celebrate the digital release of season 3 of How I met Your Mother by re-living last season's ending -- get the last two full episodes from season 2. Download Something Borrowed [261.6MB/M4V] & Something Blue [255.7MB/M4V] for free for a limited-time.

The second season of How I met Your Mother (23 episodes) has yet to be rated on iTunes USA. (The back catalog for the series was added along with the debuting third season.)

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video [m4v]. iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.

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Listening to:
Sting - Windmills Of Your Mind

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Widow's Son... [m4v]

iTunes USA has added some new free downloads.

iTunes USA - TV Shows

Get the season premiere episode of Bones. Download The Widow's Son In the Windshield [483.3MB/M4V] for free for a limited-time.

The third season of Bones (so far just the episode above) has yet to be rated on iTunes USA.

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video [m4v]. iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.

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Listening to:
Nina Simone - Sinnerman ...just watched The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

I Need You [mp3]

All done with the iTunes roll for the day. Up next is the freebie from Sam's...

Wal-Mart Music Downloads

The Wal-Mart Music Downloads free track for this week is the song I Need You [5.83MB/256kbps/MP3] by gospel trio Trin-i-tee 5:7.

NOTE: Wal-Mart Music Downloads now come in two flavors: 1) DRM-protected Windows Media Audio and/or Video [WMA/WMV] files, or 2) DRM-Free MP3 files. (Not all audio items have an MP3 purchase option. So far only items from Universal Music Group and EMI Group are available.) The Wal-Mart Music Downloads store may require IE (or at least IE Tab) to access its web site (and the service is not Mac friendly). In order to download items from the store, you need to have a Wal-Mart Music Downloads store account, and to install the (Windows only) Music Downloads Store Management software. It's free to register for an account.

  • Download I Need You [^web] by Trin-i-tee 5:7 (Contemporary Christian / Gospel)

SPECIAL NOTICE: This track is a 256kbps MP3 download.

Tell Me What... [m4p]

iTunes International - 日本 (Japan)

The free 今週のシングル (iTunes Japan) for this week is a song called Tell Me What Went Wrong [2.4MB/M4P] by Eight Legs.

This song has yet to be rated on iTunes Japan.

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video [m4v]. iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.

So Long [m4p]

iTunes International - United Kingdom

The free Single of the Week (iTunes United Kingdom) for this week is a song called So Long [3.7MB/M4P] by SixNationState.

This song has an average rating of 3.5 stars on iTunes UK (w/ 14 reviews).

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video [m4v]. iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.

  • Download So Long [^iTunes] by SixNationState (Alternative)

NOTICE: This song carries an EXPLICIT lyrics tag.

Bus Ride [m4p]*

iTunes International - New Zealand

The free Single of the Week (iTunes New Zealand) for this week is by rockers Rocco Deluca & The Burden, and it's a song called Bus Ride [4MB/M4P].

This song has yet to be rated on iTunes New Zealand.

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video [m4v]. iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.

  • Download Bus Ride [^iTunes] by Rocco Deluca & The Burden (Rock)

*NOTICE: This is not a duplicate post. iTunes Australia and iTunes New Zealand always have the same free Single of the Week. However, the respective links take you to the specific country's store.

Headphone Drone [m4p]

iTunes International - France

The free (gratuit) Single de la Semaine (iTunes France) for this week is by Black Joy. The song is called Headphone Drone [5MB/M4P].

This track has an average rating of 4 stars on iTunes France (w/ 2 critiques).

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video [m4v]. iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.

Let's Talk About... [m4p]

iTunes International - Canada

The free Single of the Week (iTunes Canada) for this week is Let's Talk About Love [3.4MB/M4P] by Jessie Farrell.

The song has yet to be rated on iTunes Canada.

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video [m4v]. iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.

Bus Ride [m4p]

iTunes International - Australia

The free Single of the Week (iTunes Australia) for this week is by rockers Rocco Deluca & The Burden, and it's a song called Bus Ride [4MB/M4P].

This song has an average rating of 3 stars on iTunes Australia (w/ 15 reviews).

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video [m4v]. iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.

  • Download Bus Ride [^iTunes] by Rocco Deluca & The Burden (Rock)

Secrets & Lies [m4v]

iTunes USA - TV Shows

You can currently get a re-cap episode to kick off season 4 of TV series Desperate Housewives as a free time-limited download on iTunes. Secrets & Lies highlights your favorite scandals from the previous seasons of the show and hints at what may come in the new season.

The fourth season of Desperate Housewives (so far just the episode above) has yet to be rated on iTunes USA.

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video [m4v]. iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.

  • Download Secrets & Lies [^iTunes] from Desperate Housewives, Season 4 [TV-14] (TV Shows - Comedy)

Skinny Bitch (Excerpt) [m4b]

iTunes USA - Audiobooks

A free audiobook download is available this week. It's only an excerpt [4.1MB/17:28mins/M4B]. Download Skinny Bitch: Free Excerpt, by authors Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin. It's narrated by Rene Raudman.

This excerpt has yet to be reviewed on iTunes USA.

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video [m4v]. iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.

Joya [m4p]

iTunes Latino USA

This week's free (gratis) Canción de la Semana (Latin SOTW) is from Funky C. It's a song called Joya [3.1MB/M4P].

This song has yet to be rated on iTunes USA.

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video [m4v]. iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.

  • Download Joya [^iTunes] by Funky C (iTunes Latino)

Car Crash [m4p]

It's time for the FOTW! Here's the iTunes roll.

iTunes USA

This week's free Single of the Week (SOTW) is the song Car Crash [3.3MB/M4P] by Matt Nathanson.

This track has yet to be reviewed on iTunes USA.

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video [m4v]. iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.

  • Download Car Crash [^iTunes] by Matt Nathanson (Rock)

Monday, September 24, 2007

5 FREE Wilco Songs [m4p]

Wilco Facebook Sampler from iTunes

This is a limited audience promotion.

If you're a member of the Apple Student Group on Facebook, check this email that was just sent out to members:

"Apple Students Group members can now receive 5 FREE songs from Wilco, including two songs from their new album "Sky Blue Sky". Only a limited number of free music samplers are available, so get yours now."
The five songs included on the Wilco Facebook Sampler are:
  1. At Least That's What You Said from the album A Ghost Is Born (Tour Edition)
  2. Jesus, Etc. from the album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
  3. Misunderstood from the album Kicking Television - Live In Chicago
  4. Sky Blue Sky from the album Sky Blue Sky
  5. Walken from the album Sky Blue Sky
Get it quick!
NOTE: Once you login above, click the advert at the top of the Apple Student Group homepage (under What's New) to have a download code sent to your Facebook inbox.

Gossip Girl Pilot [m4v]

iTunes USA - TV Shows

Something for the kiddies, are those that get off on teen 'drama.' You can currently get the pilot season premiere episode of new dramatic TV series Gossip Girl as a free time-limited download on iTunes.

It's from the creator of the O.C. and while it's based on a book series (by Cecily von Ziegesar), the TV show has apparently changed certain elements, according to one reviewer on iTunes. The story is told through the eyes of an all-knowing blogger determined to tell all.

Have you read the books? Me neither. It's a silly "young adult" series after all. I just downloaded it for my niece, 'cause it's free...

The first season of Gossip Girl (so far just the pilot episode) currently has an average rating of 4 stars on iTunes USA (w/ 167 reviews). Maybe it's actually a good show?

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video [m4v]. iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.

  • Download Gossip Girl: Pilot [^iTunes] from Gossip Girl, Season 1 [TV-14] (TV Shows - Drama)

ERROR NOTICE: In what is certainly an error on Apple's part, iTunes currently has the ENTIRE SEASON of Gossip Girl listed as FREE. When you click the link above, add the SEASON to your cart, instead of just the pilot episode and it will allow you to purchase the whole season for FREE. I tried to contact Apple to let them know about the pricing error, but it's so difficult to reach an actual person... I'm certain it will be corrected soon. Whether you will be allowed to download the entire season for free as it progresses remains to be seen. This 'deal' is definitely a "your mileage may vary" item...
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Listening to:
Gal Costa - Samba Do Avico



UPDATE: 28-Sep @ 10:43a - There is still an error involving the season purchase. Although now iTunes lists the season price as $1.99 USD. However, it does not seem to automatically download each episode in the series (i.e, even though the season "price" is set, what you actually purchase is each episode.) So it seems only the premiere episode is free (as intended), even considering the original error (stricken text above).

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Unbox TV Premieres [wmv]

In case Unbox is more to your liking than iTunes, you can pretty much get the same set of TV season premieres for free on Unbox that are being offered in iTunes.

You can currently get the season premiere episodes for the following TV shows for free -- for a limited-time -- on Amazon Unbox Video Downloads service: the new CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory (Pilot), along with FOX series Back to You (Pilot), K-Ville (Pilot), Kitchen Nightmares (Peter's), Prison Break (Orientation), and 'Til Death (Performance Anxiety).

FYI: Additionally, if you are a new Unbox customer, you should also get a $1.99 USD credit added to your account after you place your first Unbox order. This credit is good towards another video download -- which means you could also get another free TV Show episode as most of these list at the $1.99 price point. If you have not previously used the Unbox service, "purchasing" any of the free episodes mentioned in this post should count as your first Unbox order.

If the Best Price/s listed below has changed from $0.00, then this offer has expired. You can use the "offer source" link at the bottom of this post to see a list of all the current Free Unbox Downloads, or simply click the individual link for the specific item you're interested in below.


NOTE: Amazon Unbox Video Downloads are in DRM-protected formats. Each download is either a DVD-quality PC File [WMV] or a TiVo "Best Quality" video [MPEG-2] playable on a Series2 or Series3 TiVo DVR. In addition, you also have the option of downloading a portable media player version of any videos that you purchase. Portable version videos -- in Amazon's own container [AMZN] -- work in most Windows Plays For Sure mobile devices. You need an Amazon account in order to use the Unbox Video Downloads service. Account registration is free. All Unbox purchases (after the first one) are made using 1-Click ordering (which means you'll need a valid credit card on file), so do verify all prices before submitting an order.

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Listening to:
Joan Sutherland, English Chamber Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti & Richard Bonynge - L'elisir d'amore: "Chi è mai quel matto?....Lallarallara...." from The Pavarotti Edition (2001, Decca)

Friday, September 21, 2007

Betty Girl [m4v]

iTunes USA - TV Shows

Pop star Mika re-mixed his song about big girls being beautiful just for the Ugly Betty series, and now they've made a video. You can download the Big Girl (You Are Beautiful) / Hey Betty Mix -- aka "Betty Girl" -- music video for free -- it's a promo from Ugly Betty, Season 2. The video is a montage of scenes from Season 1 spliced with Mika performing the song (original music video).

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video [m4v]. iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.

Breathe In Breathe Out [m4v]

iTunes USA - TV Shows

To kick off the new season of Grey's Anatomy, you can download a free music video. Get "Breathe In Breathe Out" by Mat Kearney from Season 4 of Grey's Anatomy. The video is a montage of scenes from previous seasons along with a preview of the coming season.

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video [m4v]. iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.

Fox Season Premieres [m4v]

iTunes USA - TV Shows

Fox is making several season premiere episodes available for free on iTunes. Earlier in the week there was the pilot episode of K-Ville and the first episode of Season 3 from Prison Break.

Now you can also download the pilot episodes of new comedy series Back to You starring Kelsey Grammer and new reality TV series Kitchen Nightmares starring Gordon Ramsay. Plus, you can also get the first episode of season 2 from comedy series 'Til Death.

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video [m4v]. iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.

You can access all the Fox Season Premieres by selecting the first link, or go directly to the single episode you want via the other links below.

  1. Download Fox Season Premieres [^iTunes] from Fox TV (TV Shows)
  2. Download Back to You: Pilot [^iTunes] from Back to You, Season 1 [TV-14] (TV Shows - Comedy)
  3. Download Performance Anxiety [^iTunes] from 'Til Death, Season 2 [TV-PG] (TV Shows - Comedy)
  4. Download Peter's [^iTunes] from Kitchen Nightmares, Season 1 [TV-14] (TV Shows - Reality TV)

Read A Book Remix [mp3]


Above video: Read a Book by Bomani "D’mite" Armah (Explicit Lyrics)

It's taking the nation by storm! Really! Who knows? But it is getting media attention. I'm talking about the satirical poke at Crunk anthems called Read A Book which was created by Bomani "D'mite" Armah (who calls himself a "poet with a Hip-Hop style") roughly three years ago. Maybe you've seen the video on YouTube or MySpace? It's in heavy rotation. (Check the animated video above.)

The song has been featured on BET (which is an irony in itself) and it's garnering a lot of attention for Bomani. And now he's updated the track for 2007 -- putting up a remixed version of Read A Book [6.4MB/4:57mins/MP3] and making it available for free download via the jukebox on his MySpace page. (It's the third track in the jukebox, the others are not available for download.) The track is being released as an internet exclusive!

Get your copy below:


NOTE: The above download contains EXPLICIT lyrics.

RELATED: Want more info? A news article about Bomani's rise to fame and the controversial song "Read A Book" is referenced below, in case you're interested.

> Delay of Fame: "Bomani "D’mite" Armah knew his satirical rap “Read a Book” would be a hit when he wrote it. So why did he shelve it for so long?..."
[via Washington City Paper] // Read more >>
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Listening to:
Bomani "D'mite" Armah - Read A Book (Remix)

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Silverstone's PETA Ad [wmv]


Above video: Alicia Silverstone’s PETA PSA
Order a FREE vegetarian starter kit at GoVeg.com


WARNING: If you are offended by naked female bottoms do NOT watch the above video.

You may have heard the brouhaha over Comcast Cable pulling Alicia Silverstone's PETA PSA from its Houston line-up because of nudity. (Though the ad is still supposed to be shown in the Dallas area.) Well, here's the chance to see it (above) and/or download a copy for yourself.

In the ad, an obviously nude Silverstone emerges from a pool while espousing the benefits of vegetarian living (in a voice-over). There is a brief flash of her bare backside. Is this somehow profane? Goodness, it's just a human body. Get over it. And yes, I am a vegetarian, but not necessarily a fan of PETA.

You can check the ad (over and over, if necessary) in the privacy of your own home via a conveniently portable video download [ZIP(1.07MB)=1.13MB/30.2secs/WMV]. Nab a copy below:


RELATED: The news article about the ad being pulled is referenced below, in case you're interested.

> Alicia Silverstone's PETA Ads Pulled: "Alicia Silverstone is too hot for TV – in Houston, that is. The actress shed her clothes for a PETA ad championing vegetarianism set to debut in Texas Wednesday, but Comcast Cable pulled the 30-second spots from the airwaves...."
[via people.com] // Read more >>
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Listening to:
Madlib - More Rice

iTunes Release 4 Burns

Small-Screen News Channel

News Report

> Comic-Con: Roundtable with Ed Burns: "While waiting to speak with director Zack Snyder during the series of Warner Bros. roundtables on Friday, my table was given a bonus: a brief chat with Ed Burns...."
[via premiumhollywood.com] // Read more >>

WHY I POSTED THIS: The interview states that Ed Burns's new independent film, Purple Violets, will be released exclusively on iTunes for a few weeks prior to a wider distribution.


UPDATE: 28-Nov-07 @ 11:43a -- The movie Purple Violets had its digital debut on iTunes this past Tuesday. It will be exclusively available via iTunes for roughly a month, before possibly opening in other distribution channels. The film is priced at $14.99 USD and is unrated.

You can now purchase it:
Buy Purple Violets [^iTunes] directed by Ed Burns (Drama)




BLOG ADMIN NOTICE: I'm experimenting with a new format for mobile technology and small-screen news items. Even though the posts can be quite brief, I've decided it will be simpler and more timely to add news alerts as regular posts like the one above instead of putting the blurbs all on one page that gets "erased," then updated. This way "old" news items can still be accessed and won't just disappear after a certain date. Plus I can add my own comments and notes easily within each post. And all news posts can still be brought up via the navigation menu permalink.
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Listening to:
Sting - If I Ever Lose My Faith In You

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

My Portable Film Fest Swag!

Crumpler Bag
Image © Crumpler™

On 29-Aug-07, the folks behind the Portable Film Festival announced a "Spread the Word of Portable" Contest. Participants were asked to promote the festival in creative ways, which might include a mention on a favorite blog. The winners would get a Crumpler Bag [crumpler.com.au] for their efforts. (Check the picture above.)

Well, lo and behold, I'd put up a post about the festival back on 12-Aug-07 (and not because I'm psychic and expected such a contest to occur). I genuinely support the festival. In case you hadn't noticed, I'm a portable content junkie, I admit it. So I always note the content "dealers" who can give me a quick fix. (Forgive the drug references, the analogy works.) As the contest description said, "Who doesn’t want something for nothing?" I like cool free stuff as much as the next person. (Maybe more so, I'm a techie geek. Obscure logo T-shirts, anyone?) So I entered my post in the contest.

Guess what?

I wonder what type of bag I'll be getting... The email announcing the contest showed the Crumpler Bag above, called the Barney Rustle Blanket, but the pic might have just been for illustrative purposes. Hmmm.... The wait is killing me. I loathe surprises! :D

See my Crumpler Bag-winning post here: Portable Film Fest post.

Although the voting for the 2007 Portable Film Festival has now concluded and this year's Hoppers have been awarded, stay tuned for more from Portable Content [portablecontent.com] -- they're the folks behind the fest.

PC, just wanted to say congrats on putting together a successful festival this year and thanks for the way-cool Crumpler Bag! Congrats to all of this year's Hopper award winners and the other "Spread the Word of Portable" contest winners too! See ya next year....
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Listening to:
Ben Lee - American Television

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Parking Lot Tour [wma]

This is it for the day. Bon soir!

Wal-Mart Music Downloads

The Wal-Mart Music Downloads store is also promoting the FREE Parking Lot Tour presented by AXE and headlined by Boys Like Girls and the Plain White T’s. The free concerts will take place at some Wal-Mart stores in Nevada and California. Go here for more info: AXE Presents: Plain White T’s & BoysLikeGirls FREE Parking Lot Concert at Wal-Mart [^web].

To introduce you to the bands you can download two free tracks: Hate (I Really Don't Like You) [3.46MB/WMA] by the Plain White T’s and Heels Over Head [2.9MB/WMA] by Boys Like Girls.

NOTE: Wal-Mart Music Downloads now come in two flavors: 1) DRM-protected Windows Media Audio and/or Video [WMA/WMV] files, or 2) DRM-Free MP3 files. (Not all audio items have an MP3 purchase option. So far only items from Universal Music Group and EMI Group are available.) The Wal-Mart Music Downloads store may require IE (or at least IE Tab) to access its web site (and the service is not Mac friendly). In order to download items from the store, you need to have a Wal-Mart Music Downloads store account, and to install the (Windows only) Music Downloads Store Management software. It's free to register for an account.

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Listening to:
Levent Yuksel - Zalim (Turkish NY Radio - DJ Palamuth / DJ Tossun / Ilker Oral)

This Is For Real [wma]

Well, that's the iTunes roll for this week. I'll wrap-up the FOTW with...

Wal-Mart Music Downloads

The Wal-Mart Music Downloads free track for this week is the song This Is For Real [2.95MB/WMA] by rockers Motion City Soundtrack.

NOTE: Wal-Mart Music Downloads now come in two flavors: 1) DRM-protected Windows Media Audio and/or Video [WMA/WMV] files, or 2) DRM-Free MP3 files. (Not all audio items have an MP3 purchase option. So far only items from Universal Music Group and EMI Group are available.) The Wal-Mart Music Downloads store may require IE (or at least IE Tab) to access its web site (and the service is not Mac friendly). In order to download items from the store, you need to have a Wal-Mart Music Downloads store account, and to install the (Windows only) Music Downloads Store Management software. It's free to register for an account.

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Listening to:
Ian Moore - Caroline (They all just sold you down the line...)

ブリマベイラの赤い花 [m4p]

iTunes International - 日本 (Japan)

The free 今週のシングル (iTunes Japan) for this week is a song called ブリマベイラの赤い花 by iLala.

This song has yet to be rated on iTunes Japan.

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video [m4v]. iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.


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Listening to:
Violent Femmes - Blister In The Sun (Dedicated to Todd, who may or may not be listening in.)

oh, metal! [m4p]

iTunes International - United Kingdom

The free Single of the Week (iTunes United Kingdom) for this week is a song called oh, metal! [2.6MB/M4P] by To My Boy.

This song has an average rating of 2.5 stars on iTunes UK (w/ 25 reviews).

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video [m4v]. iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.

  • Download oh, metal! [^iTunes] by To My Boy (Electronic)

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Listening to:
The Who - My Generation

Asleep [m4p]*

iTunes International - New Zealand

The free Single of the Week (iTunes New Zealand) for this week is by pop singer Angie Hart, and it's a song called Asleep [3.6MB/M4P].

This song has yet to be rated on iTunes New Zealand.

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video [m4v]. iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.

  • Download Asleep [^iTunes] by Angie Hart (Pop)

*NOTICE:
This is not a duplicate post. iTunes Australia and iTunes New Zealand always have the same free Single of the Week. However, the respective links take you to the specific country's store.
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Listening to:
Vince Guaraldi Trio - Greensleeves

Call Me [m4p]

iTunes International - France

The free (gratuit) Single de la Semaine (iTunes France) for this week is by Rock&Roll. The song is called Call Me [3MB/M4P].

This track has yet to be rated on iTunes France.

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video [m4v]. iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.

  • Download Call Me [^iTunes] by Rock&Roll (Rock)

NOTICE: The single's URL for this song is experiencing an error, so the above link takes you to the EP listing, which also has the song (track #3) as free.
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Listening to:
The Stooges - I Wanna Be Your Dog (Remastered LP Version)

Weighty Ghost [m4a/m4p]

iTunes International - Canada

The free Single of the Week (iTunes Canada) for this week is the radio mix of Weighty Ghost [6.2MB/256kbps/M4A] by Wintersleep.

The song has yet to be rated on iTunes Canada.

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video [m4v]. iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.


SPECIAL NOTICE: You have the option of downloading this free song as an iTunes Plus item. iTunes Plus is Apple's designation for its higher bit-rate (256 kbps) DRM-Free audio tracks [M4A], and DRM-Free video files which would regularly cost slightly more than the DRM-protected ones. Please note that your account information is still embedded in iTunes Plus downloads.
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Listening to:
Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Blue On Black

Asleep [m4p]

iTunes International - Australia

The free Single of the Week (iTunes Australia) for this week is by pop singer Angie Hart, and it's a song called Asleep [3.6MB/M4P].

This song has yet to be rated on iTunes Australia.

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video [m4v]. iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.

  • Download Asleep [^iTunes] by Angie Hart (Pop)
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Listening to:
311 - Down

Visitation [m4v]

iTunes USA - TV Shows

Get Visitation er, it's now been renamed Orientation [495.7MB/M4V], the Season 3 premiere episode of returning Fox drama series Prison Break.

Season 3 of Prison Break (so far just the above episode) has yet to be reviewed on iTunes USA.

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video [m4v]. iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.

  • Download Orientation [^iTunes] from Prison Break, Season 3 [TV-14] (TV Shows - Drama)
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Listening to:
Shirley Bassey - Diamonds Are Forever (Mantronik Diamond Cut Club Mix)

K-Ville Pilot [m4v]

iTunes USA - TV Shows

Get the pilot episode [515.6MB/M4V] of new Fox drama series K-Ville which premiered last night.

Season 1 of K-Ville (so far just the above pilot) has yet to be reviewed on iTunes USA.

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video [m4v]. iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.

  • Download K-Ville: Pilot [^iTunes] from K-Ville, Season 1 [TV-14] (TV Shows - Drama)
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Listening to:
David Garza - Foul Jasmine

Big Bang Pilot [m4v]

iTunes USA - TV Shows

Get the pilot episode [233.3MB/M4V] of new CBS comedy series The Big Bang Theory before it airs on traditional TV.

Season 1 of The Big Bang Theory (so far just the above pilot) has yet to be reviewed on iTunes USA.

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video [m4v]. iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.

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Listening to:
Willie & Lobo - Zambra

The Swarm [m4p]

iTunes USA

The free Discovery Download for this week is by Noble Society. It's a song called The Swarm [4MB/M4P].

This song has yet to be rated on iTunes USA.

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video [m4v]. iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.

  • Download The Swarm [^iTunes] by Noble Society (Reggae)

NOTICE: This song carries an EXPLICIT lyrics tag.
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Listening to:
Junior Boys - In the Morning

Rainin In Paradize [m4p]

After a brief hiatus, let's get it started, again. It's time for the FOTW! Here's the iTunes roll.

iTunes USA

This week's free Single of the Week (SOTW) is the song Rainin In Paradize [3.6MB/M4P] by Manu Chao.

This song is also the Canción de la Semana (Latin SOTW) for this week in the iTunes Latino USA section.

This track has an average rating of 3 stars on iTunes USA (w/ 39 reviews).

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video [m4v]. iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.

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Listening to:
a-ha - Take On Me

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Star Wars Revelations [mp4]

You may have seen it, you've probably at least heard of it. But did you know that the Star Wars fan film Star Wars Revelations is available as a free portable download?

You can choose a MP4 version of the movie with a resolution suitable for iPod [13.7MB], PSP [127MB], or ZVUE [not given?]. You can also get a version suitable to burn to DVD, its cover artwork, and even the movie soundtrack -- all for free!

The film, which was made by studio Panic Struck Productions [panicstruckpro.com], uses an entirely volunteer cast and production team. The success of Revelations pushed the studio to develop other projects.

  • Download Star Wars Revelations [^web]
    The portable downloads are listed at the bottom of the linked-to page (above).


ASIDE: I've just activated a new feature (below). Now you can see what I'm listening to while I work.
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Listening to: Purcell - Dido and Aeneas - Jacobs

Friday, September 14, 2007

New Wave [mp3]*

Australian rocker and four-time ARIA Award-winner Ben Lee [ben-lee.com] loved the New Wave album by Florida punkers Against Me! [againstme.net] so much that he decided to cover the entire thing -- acoustically -- and make the album available as a free download [ZIP(31.1MB)=10tracks/128kbps/MP3] off his blog. Now that's some tribute!

Check the "offer source" link below for more info on Ben, who is a "good egg" if ever there was one. I don't know him personally, but just lookit, from his blog: Ben celebrated his 29th birthday on 11-Sep-07 by going to volunteer at a "soup kitchen" in LA, and he says that although he would love it if you'd buy his new album, Ripe, off iTunes when it's released next week, he'd much prefer it if you'd use that $10 as a donation to a local charity. How choice is that?

Guess what Ben? I plan to do both. Happy belated birthday!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Tetley Music - Sep

Well, Tetley has finally updated...

Tetley Music Lounge

The Tetley Music Lounge has put up two new free tracks for the month of September.

This month Tetley is serving up a cup of Small Planet [4.5MB/MP3] by Ferraby Lionheart, and a lump of Carefree [3.9MB/MP3] by The Perishers.

NOTE: Tetley Music, sponsored by the Tetley Tea brand, generally gives away two tracks each month. Although most of the giveaway tracks are MP3 format, others are M4a, etc.; regardless, all the tracks are DRM-Free. The tracks are free to download, but you need to register with the site in order to access the downloads. Registration is free. Open to US residents only.

Both links below land on the same page. Once you login, click on "Music Lounge," then "Free Music & More":

  • Download Small Planet [^web] by Ferraby Lionheart (Alternative/Folk)
  • Download Carefree [^web] by The Perishers (Alternative)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Feeling Free [m4p]

iTunes International - United Kingdom

The free Single of the Week (iTunes United Kingdom) for this week is a song called Feeling Free by Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators.

This song has an average rating of 3.5 stars on iTunes UK (w/ 4 reviews).

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video [m4v]. iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.

  • Download Feeling Free [^iTunes] by Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators (R&B/Soul)

Help Is On... [m4p]*

iTunes International - New Zealand

The free Single of the Week (iTunes New Zealand) for this week is by Mitch Grainger, and it's a song called Help Is On Its Way.

This song has yet to be rated on iTunes New Zealand.

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video [m4v]. iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.


*NOTICE:
This is not a duplicate post. iTunes Australia and iTunes New Zealand always have the same free Single of the Week. However, the respective links take you to the specific country's store.

Help Is On... [m4p]

The other stores seem to be updating finally. Here are the 'twins'....

iTunes International - Australia

The free Single of the Week (iTunes Australia) for this week is by Mitch Grainger, and it's a song called Help Is On Its Way.

This song currently has an average rating of 3 stars on iTunes Australia (w/ 2 reviews).

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video [m4v]. iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.

Luscious Life [m4p]

Alas! iTunes France has finally put up a free track for this week.

iTunes International - France

The free (gratuit) Single de la Semaine (iTunes France) for this week is by Patrick Watson. The song is called Luscious Life.

This track has yet to be rated on iTunes France. Possibly because no one knows it's this week's free track as yet.

In case you're keeping track, this song was also the Single of the Week for iTunes Canada back during the week of 30-Jan-07.

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video [m4v]. iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.

Promesa de Amor [wma]

With all the errors and non-updates, it's been a pretty lackluster effort by Apple this week where iTunes is concerned. I guess all the focus has been on the iPod -- and making ringtones and wireless iTunes store access available. Well, let's see what Sam's joint has got for us.

Wal-Mart Music Downloads

The Wal-Mart Music Downloads free track for this week is the song Promesa de Amor by Latin pop artist Jeremias.

This song, in AAC audio format, was also offered as the free Canción de la Semana (Latin SOTW) on iTunes for the week of 14-Aug-07, in case you missed it or just want to keep track so you don't inadvertently download a dupe. I hate ending up with multiple copies of the same song, don't you?

NOTE: Wal-Mart Music Downloads now come in two flavors: 1) DRM-protected Windows Media Audio and/or Video [WMA/WMV] files, or 2) DRM-Free MP3 files. (Not all audio items have an MP3 purchase option. So far only items from Universal Music Group and EMI Group are available.) The Wal-Mart Music Downloads store may require IE (or at least IE Tab) to access its web site (and the service is not Mac friendly). In order to download items from the store, you need to have a Wal-Mart Music Downloads store account, and to install the (Windows only) Music Downloads Store Management software. It's free to register for an account.

Second Look [m4p]

Nothing yet for France, New Zealand, or the UK either... on to Japan, and I'll come back to any of the iTunes stores that update as the day progresses.

NOTE: The other stores mentioned above have all updated!


iTunes International - 日本 (Japan)

The free 今週のシングル (iTunes Japan) for this week is a track called Second Look by Ebony Alleyne.

This song has yet to be rated on iTunes Japan.

NOTE: Apple iTunes Music Store (iTMS) regular downloads are in DRM-protected formats -- generally protected AAC audio [m4p/m4b] and protected MPEG-4 video [m4v]. iTunes Plus music downloads are DRM-Free AAC audio [m4a]. You must have an iTunes account in order to download from the iTunes Music Store. Account registration is free, but may require a valid credit card. Accounts are only valid for the country store wherein registration occurred. (For example, an iTunes USA account will not work as a login for the iTunes Australia store.) iTunes can also play and store Audible (AA) files, once the application has been authorized to do so.

  • Download Second Look [^iTunes] by Ebony Alleyne (R&B/Soul)

ERROR NOTICE: The price has yet to be updated; it still shows as ¥150 even though it's already listed as the free 今週のシングル (Single of the Week). I'll update this post when the price gets corrected. The Apple folks are really having issues today. Maybe it's all those all-nighters in preparation of the new iPod launch?

Update 11:17p - The above error has been corrected.

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