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Mix: Undercover sting, BBC programs, Usenet videos

Two 16-year-old Philadelphia boys were arrested in an undercover sting operation yesterday after holding a female college student’s iPod for ransom since this past weekend. The iPod was recovered unharmed.

The BBC is reportedly planning to make most of its programming available for free on platforms such as the video-enabled 5G iPod for seven days after it has been broadcast.

Online search engine Guba is “set to offer vast amounts of pornography and other video files specifically tailored for Apple’s new iPods,” reports Reuters. Beginning this month, Guba will convert video files from Usenet newsgroups into H.264 format.

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The BBC is currently using a Windows Media Player based solution for its seven day Internet download service. This systems DOES NOT work on Macintoshes and it is not possible to transfer recordings to the iPod (even on a PC). The recordings are heavily protected using Windows Media Player DRM.

The BBC intends to provide a similar service to Mac users in the future (no time scale specified) but if they take the same approach it will still not be transferable to the iPod.

If the BBC had any sense what they would do is upload them all to the iTMS and use Apple’s FairPlay protection. They could even have things set so that the UK iTMS offered the recordings FREE OF CHARGE (on the assumption that UK citizens have already paid via the TV License fee) and charge $1.99 per recording to the US and other countries.

This approach offers many benefits to the BBC.

1. It instantly provides a Windows AND Macintosh compatible solution
2. The BBC does not need to setup its own hosting infrastructure
3. The BBC could still provide a service to the UK free of charge but would be able to generate revenue from other countries
4. The installed base of iPods and iTunes dwarfs everything else (even added together) including the BBCs own iMP (see http://www.bbc.co.uk/imp/ )

Posted by John Lockwood on November 2, 2005 at 12:40 PM (CST)


who holds an ipod for ransom? they could have just sold it to anyone on the street for $100 and not gotten arrested. those kids are idiots and deserve whatever they get.

Posted by jm on November 2, 2005 at 4:22 PM (CST)


Maybe it had incriminating photos or documents on it or something.

Posted by Hrothgar on November 2, 2005 at 5:00 PM (CST)


If only EVERY punk that robbed a Penn student were this stupid…

Posted by John Kneeland on November 2, 2005 at 5:02 PM (CST)

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