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Mix: NBC sales, Podcast searches, The Munsters, Steve Jobs

An NBC executive has revealed that the company has sold approximately $2.5 million in TV shows on the iTunes Music Store, one third of it from “The Office.”

According to the Yahoo! Buzz Index, podcasts haven’t yet made the mainstream. “Stuck somewhere in our top 6,000 searches, it’s safe to say podcasting has not reached the critical mass of IM (or even photo-tagging)—yet.”

Apple has added the classic TV series “The Munsters” to the iTunes Music Store. [via TUAW]

Wired’s Leander Khaney has written an editorial on Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ lack of charitable donations and public stance on social issues. “He’s nothing more than a greedy capitalist who’s amassed an obscene fortune. It’s shameful,” Khaney says.

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Who cares if Jobs doesn’t donate tons of money.  It’s his money.  He can do with it whatever he wants.

Posted by mtnagel in Cincinnati, OH on January 25, 2006 at 8:25 AM (PDT)

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Leander Khaney is an idiot looking to encite the Mac community into telling him so in order to inflate his fragile ego with all the attention.

Posted by bipto in Minneapolis, MN on January 25, 2006 at 8:29 AM (PDT)

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it’s about time that someone said what Leander Khaney wrote in his article. Jobs sure knows how to manage a company, and how to make cool, innovative products, but that deosn’t make him worthy of any serious admiration in my book. Gates not only gives away billions upon billions of dollars to charity (I believe he put something like 26 billion dollars into the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), but he actually devotes his own time and energy. Jobs, on the other hand, gives very little, if anything, to charity. And yeah, i think if you are the 194th richest man in the world, and the 67th richest american, that is pretty shameful. The one organization they do give money to is the Democratic Party, and while I usually support the Democrats myself, his political donations don’t impress me. Jobs doesn’t have to be a Bono or a Gates, but at his level of wealth, he should be doing ‘something’...

Posted by Bradley on January 25, 2006 at 8:30 AM (PDT)

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Jobs should be donating money, its not like he would miss it, and as a long time mac user I dont like the way apple is going.

Things like apple sueing iPed to make it change it name (now just Ped) seems a very pettie way to go about things.

Posted by Peachey on January 25, 2006 at 8:40 AM (PDT)

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Come on! You’ve got to be kidding me. Why is it anyone’s business if Steve, Bill, W or anyone else gives their $$ away? Why do we feel we should push someone to give? It should be a matter of their hearts and not some kind of “group think” this is what you should do.

Now, I am probably the 100000000000000th richest man in the US next to the trashman outside and wife and give 10% of our income. I think people should give their $, but if they don’t I don’t think they are wrong. I do think they are missing out on the opportunity to be a blessing to someone else and to help others, but that’s just my thoughts and not for others to say they need to give more.

Posted by Jason on January 25, 2006 at 8:57 AM (PDT)

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isn’t bill gates notorious for being non-philanthropic. i heard he didn’t leave anything to his kids cause he doesn’t believe wealth should be inherited.

Posted by jason on January 25, 2006 at 9:44 AM (PDT)

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Being that Bill Gates is not yet dead, you are right in that he has not left anything to his kids.  Stupid, but technically correct.

But seriously, Bill Gates did just win “persons of the year” with Melinda and Bono, so no, he is not by any means notorious for being non-philanthropic, not by a long shot.

That said, people can give what they want. It’s their money, let them be greedy about it if they want.  I just think it is funny that people who I am sure would be quick to criticize Gates if he gave little to nothing away are coming to Jobs’ defense for doing the same.

Posted by Mike on January 25, 2006 at 9:58 AM (PDT)

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i don’t care who gives what to whoever and how much it is cause its not comming to me.

Posted by jason on January 25, 2006 at 10:12 AM (PDT)

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IIRC, Gate’s gift giving coincided with the Federal monopoly trials. He needed some good PR. He and his wife seem to have kept it up, which is good, and is still good PR. He’s still pursuing monopolistic actions here and in Europe.

Steve won’t tell you (or “journalists”) what he’s introducing at the next “One More Thing” press conference. Why should he tell you what he spends his money on?

Leander says “It’s shameful.” Tell me Leander, what percentage of your wealth goes to charities? And who made you the charity police?

Posted by fracas_futile on January 25, 2006 at 10:35 AM (PDT)

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Yes, I recall distinctly that Gate’s charitable urges were the result of similar finger-pointing by the press. Most likely it just hadn’t occurred to him.

As for Jobs he always seemed like the kind of guy to give away his money quietly without announcements. Is it possible that Leander didn’t research deeply enough to catch that?

Posted by piker on January 25, 2006 at 10:42 AM (PDT)

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FWIW, Gates gave $1.7B to India to expand his operations (Microsoft) but only $100M to the India AIDS foundation.
Now there’s a man who’s out to save the world!

Posted by Lester on January 25, 2006 at 10:50 AM (PDT)

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francas_futile, “Charity police” that’s funny.

Posted by jason on January 25, 2006 at 10:51 AM (PDT)

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On the one hand Leander writes two books about Mac and iPod culture and then bashes the creator of those two worlds… Leander needs to get a clue… if it weren’t for Steve Jobs there wouldn’t be much for Leander to do… quit your whining.

Posted by punked on January 25, 2006 at 10:55 AM (PDT)

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Thanks punked for pointing this out. Mr. Kahney is likely not realizing that a) it’s not his business what other people spend their money on, and b) that he would be in no position to blart out his ignorance if Jobs and all of Apple did not do such a great job.

What Apple gave us 22 years ago with the Macintosh is beyond measure.

Posted by Bad Beaver on January 25, 2006 at 11:26 AM (PDT)

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Jobs is greedy—get over it.  Everything he does is an outreach of his greed.  Money is how you keep score in business and he wants to maintain his position. 

Think of how every MacWorld keynote starts with a long list of Apple’s financial achievements—how boring.  It’s Jobs stroking his ego by saying—look how much I made.

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on January 25, 2006 at 11:44 AM (PDT)

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Someone just forgot what Steve Jobs did to the kid (who got killed in iPod robbery), he called their family and offered his helping hand.

Just because it’s not in press does it mean he does not donate to charity? Why it can’t be possible that Steve Jobs prefer to remain under shadow and donate?

Just because Bill got press coverage doesn’t mean that he’s got gold heart. There are people (trust me, I know some) who are silent doners. I’m not saying that Steve must be one.. but just because someone doesn’t know about his charitable practices, he might not be doing any.

Posted by iGo on January 25, 2006 at 11:59 AM (PDT)

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For tax purposes alone I’m sure Jobs donates to charity. He just doesn’t need to have a camera crew following him around to third world countries like Gates does. Gates does it to help soften the world’s perception of his monopolistic ways. Both men are capitalists and have worked hard to be the best at it, don’t whine about it, go do something about it.

Posted by punked on January 25, 2006 at 12:24 PM (PDT)

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I haven’t read the Wired article, so perhaps the author answers this, but what criteria should there be for someone like Steve Jobs?  Is he supposed to give say, 30% of his income to be considered charitable?  What about 25%? 22%?...  Yeah, he has money, but almost everyone else.  Perhaps not at the same level as Jobs, but you cannot critize Jobs when most of us have no problem wasting $5 for a coffee at Starbucks…

Also - I’m waiting to see how long it takes for “Talking Madness” to get banned from posting.  His comments border on the viral marketing iLounge mentions in it’s new policy.  It’s one thing to intelligently debate, backed up on facts.  It’s entirely another point to say “Jobs is greedy—get over it.  Everything he does is an outreach of his greed.”  This is not a flame because????

Posted by billy bob on January 25, 2006 at 2:49 PM (PDT)

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Gates does it to help soften the world’s perception of his monopolistic ways.

I USED to think that myself, but these days I’m not at all so sure that’s the real reason. There are quite a few reports that Gates is rather fanatical about his philanthropy. Many, Jimmy Carter among them, state that Gates genuinely cares about the causes his foundations give money to, and takes active interest in achieving success with that funding. Moreover, because of awareness brought by the Gates Foundation’s initial support of various issues, donations often pour in that are many times over what Bill and Melinda initially gave.

Maybe it’s to ease a guilty conscience. Maybe it’s no more than he’s a lot like his mother in this way…no matter; the Gates Foundation WORKS, and works very well.

As for Jobs: it’s HIS money, and indeed he’s entitlied to do with it as he sees fit. But that said, it’s quite usual that very public charitable donations and open publicity by the powerful, famous and wealthy is in the limelight because, if for NOTHING ELSE, it brings attention to the plight of problems these charities are trying to fix. It’s not just a question about the money, it’s also a question about the 411, and who better to raise awareness than the famous? If anything, I think this is the one area where Steve Jobs has really fallen down.

If Jobs were to identify causes to rally behind, considering the fanaticism of the Apple and iPod faithful there would be the potential for a truly powerful support community throwing their weight to worthy causes.  While some might decry this as taking advantage of the flock, who’s to say it’s really a bad thing if it indeed does good? Jobs The Person has taken far more than he’s given back, epecially now that he’s sitting pretty in Disney’s board room.

If a person’s going to allow himself to be elevated to the level of a god (business, social, tech or otherwise), then it’s not too much to expect a bit of humility and payback in return.

Posted by flatline response on January 25, 2006 at 3:43 PM (PDT)

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Billy Bob-

Apple used to give a charger with their iPods, but now it’s a $29 option.  People have complained forever about the quality of the earbuds that come with the iPod, but instead of increasing the quality of the earbuds, Apple responded by introducing their ‘in-the-ear’ earbuds as a $39 option and of course they sounded just as bad.  Nano armband is $29.  Shuffle lanyard is $39.  My favorite is $99 per year for a .mac account.  The list of how Apple is trying to get more and more money out of consumers goes on and on.  I know this is how business works, but let’s call it what it is—greed.  Apple and Jobs are not an exception in my book.

Now, I know what you’re thing—if people will pay it Apple should charge it.  How silly you are for thinking that.

I said ‘get over it’ earlier because immediately a group of people rushed to defend Jobs.  If this board is all about defending Jobs, then I guess they will ban me.

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on January 25, 2006 at 5:34 PM (PDT)

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