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Mix: RIAA vs. XM, American Idol, Creative suit, iPod thieves

The Recording Industry Association of America has sued XM Satellite Radio, alleging that its Pioneer-manufactured Inno device infringes on copyrights because it can save and playback music from XM stations.

Snubbing the iTunes Music Store, Fox is now selling downloads of performances from “American Idol” on the show’s official website. Video downloads sell for $1.99, while audio downloads cost 99 cents.

Analysts see Creative Technology’s patent lawsuit against Apple as not helping the company in the long run. “Creative’s suit against Apple may bring relief to the share price in the short term, but in the long term, it will distract and divert management attention and company resources when both are needed to turn around the ailing business,” said Kim Eng Securities analyst Gregory Yap.

A group of organized thieves stole 39 iPods from a Best Buy in Lynnwood, Washington. “Some of the thieves distracted employees while others broke locks on two cabinets where the electronics were stored. They loaded the music players into shopping carts, concealed them under their clothing and walked out while someone stayed behind to distract clerks at the front of the store.”

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Great Job man!

Posted by hoho on May 17, 2006 at 12:27 PM (CDT)


I wonder if they could ever steal from an Apple Store?

Posted by hoho on May 17, 2006 at 12:30 PM (CDT)


i bet they are easily tracked with their serial numbers…

Posted by slayer on May 17, 2006 at 1:08 PM (CDT)


Seems to me like there would be much easier and less risky ways to steal $15,000 worth of stolen goods.

Posted by ort on May 17, 2006 at 1:11 PM (CDT)


Betcha each and every one of them are now in California today, for sale on the wholesale market. Theft rings backed by gangs out of Cali have been working local retailers for all sorts of merchandise since a lot of the local businesses around here just aren’t used to this M.O. No surprise someone needed to fill an order for iPods.

Posted by flatline response on May 17, 2006 at 1:13 PM (CDT)


I think that’s the heist story in “Ocean’s 14”.

Posted by superape on May 17, 2006 at 4:15 PM (CDT)


Christopher: Hey Tony, you won’t believe what we pulled in from Washington.  Some of those new iPods.  Can you believe this ****?

(Cut to scene of Carmella listening to her iPod while in the gym).

Posted by Greg Glockner on May 17, 2006 at 5:48 PM (CDT)


Hmm, will the RIAA sue the makers of tape decks too? They can record and playback music from the radio…...

Posted by Bob Levens on May 17, 2006 at 7:29 PM (CDT)


If my memory serves me right, the RIAA already sued manufacturers of the original Cassette Tape. I’m not sure how acurate I am but I recall that a portion of the retail price had a few additional cents added to it to that went to the recording industry. Does anyone remember anything like this?

Posted by Paxxil on May 17, 2006 at 7:59 PM (CDT)


Delphi has been selling a portable XM receiver for years that can record 5+ hours, how come only now are those greedy b****rds bringing forth a lawsuit? These guys are worse than all the professional sport leagues combined.

Posted by rebel_519 on May 17, 2006 at 8:50 PM (CDT)


RIAA did sue tape deck makers, they LOST…

Posted by morgan on May 17, 2006 at 11:37 PM (CDT)


“they” being the RIAA

Posted by morgan on May 17, 2006 at 11:38 PM (CDT)


Wow, and I live just minutes away from that exact Best Buy location. Funny how I found out about the news here first.

Posted by ME on May 18, 2006 at 12:59 AM (CDT)


“RIAA did sue tape deck makers, they LOST…”
ISTR reading a story about a similar “theft tax” being added to CD-R’s that were labeled for music. According to the story, standalone CD recorders will only record onto these type of CD-R’s (though I’m not sure what the physical difference is between the two).

Posted by fondy44 on May 18, 2006 at 1:58 AM (CDT)


These guys are worse than all the professional sport leagues combined.

Huh? Suuuurrrrreeee…like I really see how the RIAA and professional sports leagues are cut from the same mould.


As for the iPod theft ring, the local media says that the Lynnwood Best Buy heist is only the latest in a string of similar thefts from Best Buys and other electronics stores from all around the Pacific Northwest. Last week, some store in Bellingham, WA had 40 iPods stolen, presumably in a similar manner. Even though these sorts of thefts are becoming rampant, they still pale against the 12,000 iPods stolen at one time last year in Los Angeles.

Posted by flatline response on May 18, 2006 at 7:16 AM (CDT)


The new Pioneer Inno is much more advanced than the Delphi MyFi. The Inno allows you to record specific songs and organize them into playlists. You can also upload your own mp3 or WMA files to integrate into the playlists. The MyFi can only record a specific amount of time, and the songs cannot be organized. When you have recorded 5 hours worth, it starts recording over the oldest material, and there’s no way to save material.

The Inno allows you to save specific tracks for as long as you want them without having them recorded over with new recordings. So, it is much more advanced and “iPod-like” than the MyFi.

That said, I still think the RIAA lawsuit is baseless. The cassette recorder analogy is perfect. This is absolutely no different than putting a blank tape into a deck and recording off the radio. If anything, this is better for the RIAA because XM integrates a way to bookmark songs and albums to buy online from Napster later. You can’t do that with a cassette.

Posted by Jason Martin on May 18, 2006 at 9:33 AM (CDT)


RIAA’s next lawsuit will be against anyone who whistles copyrighted melodies.

Posted by Chahk on May 18, 2006 at 1:22 PM (CDT)

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