David Pogue

The music wars

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Ladies and gentlemen, the history of music and television on the Internet in three minutes. A TED medley — a TEDley.

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♫ It's nine o' clock on a Saturday ♫

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♫ The record store's closed for the night ♫

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♫ So I fire up the old iTunes music store ♫

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♫ And soon I am feelin' all right ♫

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♫ I know Steve Jobs can find me a melody ♫

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♫ With one dollar pricing that rocks ♫

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♫ I can type in the track and get album names back ♫

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♫ While still in my PJs and socks ♫

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♫ Sell us a song, you're the music man ♫

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♫ My iPod's still got 10 gigs to go ♫

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♫ Yes, we might prefer more compatibility ♫

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♫ But Steve likes to run the whole show ♫

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♫ I heard "Desperate Housewives" was great last night ♫

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♫ But I had a bad piece of cod ♫

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♫ As I threw up my meal, I thought, "It's no big deal" ♫

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♫ I'll watch it tonight on my 'Pod ♫

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♫ And now all of the networks are joining in ♫

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♫ Two bucks a show without ads ♫

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♫ It's a business those guys always wanted to try ♫

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♫ But only Steve Jobs had the 'nads ♫

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♫ They say we're young, don't watch TV ♫

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♫ They say the Internet is all we see ♫

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♫ But that's not true; they've got it wrong ♫

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♫ See, all our shows are just two minutes long ♫

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♫ Hey ♫

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♫ I got YouTube ♫

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♫ I got YouTube ♫

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And now, ladies and gentlemen, a tribute to the Recording Industry Association of America — the RIAA!

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♫ Young man, you were surfin' along ♫

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♫ And then, young man, you downloaded a song ♫

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♫ And then, dumb man, copied it to your 'Pod ♫

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♫ Then a phone call came to tell you ... ♫

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♫ You've just been sued by the R-I-A-A ♫

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♫ You've just been screwed by the R-I-A-A ♫

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♫ Their attorneys say you committed a crime ♫

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♫ And there'd better not be a next time ♫

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♫ They've lost their minds at the R-I-A-A ♫

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♫ Justice is blind at the R-I-A-A ♫

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♫ You're depriving the bands ♫

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♫ You are learning to steal ♫

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♫ You can't do whatever you feel ♫

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♫ CD sales have dropped every year ♫

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♫ They're not greedy, they're just quaking with fear ♫

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♫ Yes indeedy, what if their end is near ♫

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♫ And we download all our music ♫

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♫ Yeah, that would piss off the R-I-A-A ♫

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♫ No plastic discs from the R-I-A-A ♫

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♫ What a way to make friends ♫

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♫ It's a plan that can't fail ♫

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♫ All your customers off to jail ♫

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♫ Who'll be next for the R-I-A-A? ♫

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♫ What else is vexing the R-I-A-A? ♫

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♫ Maybe whistling a tune ♫

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♫ Maybe humming along ♫

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♫ Maybe mocking 'em in a song ♫

New York Times tech columnist David Pogue performs a satirical mini-medley about iTunes and the downloading wars, borrowing a few notes from Sonny and Cher and the Village People.

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David Pogue · Technology columnist

David Pogue is the personal technology columnist for the New York Times and a tech correspondent for CBS News. He's also one of the world's bestselling how-to authors, with titles in the For Dummies series and his own line of "Missing Manual" books.

David Pogue is the personal technology columnist for the New York Times and a tech correspondent for CBS News. He's also one of the world's bestselling how-to authors, with titles in the For Dummies series and his own line of "Missing Manual" books.