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McDonald's Denies Deal With iTunes

CowboyNeal posted more than 10 years ago | from the fiction-better-than-truth dept.

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fdiv_bug writes "Turns out, according to a press release, that the iTunes Music Store/McDonald's deal mentioned earlier today was only a rumor. A swing and a miss for the New York Post." It sounded pretty plausible, even if the cost was roughly 50% more than McDonald's usual yearly advertising expenditures.

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GNAA Announces responsibility for kernel backdoor (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7414462)

GNAA Announces responsibility for kernel backdoor
By Tim Copperfield
Raleigh, NC - GNAA (Gay Nigger Association of America) this afternoon announced one of their loyal members was responsible for planting the "backdoor" inside the popular opensores operating system, Lunix [redhat.com] (Stocks [yahoo.com] , Websites [google.com] ).

In a shocking announcement this afternoon, GNAA representative goat-see revealed that the mistery hacker who penetrated high-security defenses of the Lunix "source code" repository and injected viral gay nigger seed deep inside the kernel was indeed a full-time GNAA member.
"This is serious," goat-see began. This is a first event of such magnitude since GNAA opened its doors to new members in 1996. Until now, we were gathering new members by announcing our group information on a popular troll website, slashdot.org [kuro5hin.org] , but this is a whole new era. By injecting our holy gay nigger seed right into the Lunix kernel, we will be able to immediately collect thousands of members. "Make the most of the next six weeks," he added. "We will grow in numbers more than you can possibly imagine".
Insertion of the GNAA backdoor came right between the consideration of Novell [novell.com] to buy out the entire Lunix Kernel programming team, and will most likely positively affect the decision. By adding all the gay niggers working for Novell with the gay niggers developing Lunix kernel source, GNAA will be all-powerful and will begin plotting our next plans to add "backdoors" into the next favorite operating system, BeOS [microsoft.com] .

About GNAA
GNAA (GAY NIGGER ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA) is the first organization which
gathers GAY NIGGERS from all over America and abroad for one common goal - being GAY NIGGERS.

Are you GAY [klerck.org] ?
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Why not? It's quick and easy - only 3 simple steps!

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If you are having trouble locating #GNAA, the official GAY NIGGER ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA irc channel, you might be on a wrong irc network. The correct network is EFNet, and you can connect to irc.secsup.org or irc.isprime.com as one of the EFNet servers.
If you do not have an IRC client handy, you are free to use the GNAA Java IRC client by clicking here [nero-online.org] .

About Lunix
Lunix is an operating system. An operating system is the basic set of programs and utilities that make your computer run. Some other common operating systems are Unix (and its variants BSD, AIX, Solaris, HPUX, and others); DOS; Microsoft Windows; Amiga; and Mac OS.
Lunix is Free Software. Now, just because it's Free, doesn't necessarily mean it's free. Think "free" as in "free speech," not "free beer," as we in the Free Software/Open Source community like to say. In a nutshell, software that is free as in speech, like Lunix, is distributed along with its source code so that anyone who receives it is free to make changes and redistribute it. So, not only is it ok to make copies of Lunix and give them to your friends, it's also fine to tweak a few lines of the source code while you're at it -- as long as you also freely provide your modified source code to everyone else. To learn more about free software and the major software license it is distributed under, called the General Public License (GPL), go here [com.com] .

If you have mod points and would like to support GNAA, please moderate this post up.
By moderating this post as "Underrated", you cannot be Meta-Moderated! Please consider this.

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GNAA EARLY POST SYSTEM (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7414464)

GNAA Announces responsibility for kernel backdoor
By Tim Copperfield
Raleigh, NC - GNAA (Gay Nigger Association of America) this afternoon announced one of their loyal members was responsible for planting the "backdoor" inside the popular opensores operating system, Lunix [redhat.com] (Stocks [yahoo.com] , Websites [google.com] ).

In a shocking announcement this afternoon, GNAA representative goat-see revealed that the mistery hacker who penetrated high-security defenses of the Lunix "source code" repository and injected viral gay nigger seed deep inside the kernel was indeed a full-time GNAA member.
"This is serious," goat-see began. This is a first event of such magnitude since GNAA opened its doors to new members in 1996. Until now, we were gathering new members by announcing our group information on a popular troll website, slashdot.org [kuro5hin.org] , but this is a whole new era. By injecting our holy gay nigger seed right into the Lunix kernel, we will be able to immediately collect thousands of members. "Make the most of the next six weeks," he added. "We will grow in numbers more than you can possibly imagine".
Insertion of the GNAA backdoor came right between the consideration of Novell [novell.com] to buy out the entire Lunix Kernel programming team, and will most likely positively affect the decision. By adding all the gay niggers working for Novell with the gay niggers developing Lunix kernel source, GNAA will be all-powerful and will begin plotting our next plans to add "backdoors" into the next favorite operating system, BeOS [microsoft.com] .

About GNAA
GNAA (GAY NIGGER ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA) is the first organization which
gathers GAY NIGGERS from all over America and abroad for one common goal - being GAY NIGGERS.

Are you GAY [klerck.org] ?
Are you a NIGGER [mugshots.org] ?
Are you a GAY NIGGER [gay-sex-access.com] ?

If you answered "Yes" to all of the above questions, then GNAA (GAY NIGGER ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA) might be exactly what you've been looking for!
Join GNAA (GAY NIGGER ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA) today, and enjoy all the benefits of being a full-time GNAA member.
GNAA (GAY NIGGER ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA) is the fastest-growing GAY NIGGER community with THOUSANDS of members all over United States of America. You, too, can be a part of GNAA if you join today!

Why not? It's quick and easy - only 3 simple steps!

First, you have to obtain a copy of GAY NIGGERS FROM OUTER SPACE THE MOVIE [imdb.com] and watch it.

Second, you need to succeed in posting a GNAA "first post" on slashdot.org [slashdot.org] , a popular "news for trolls" website

Third, you need to join the official GNAA irc channel #GNAA on EFNet, and apply for membership.
Talk to one of the ops or any of the other members in the channel to sign up today!

If you are having trouble locating #GNAA, the official GAY NIGGER ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA irc channel, you might be on a wrong irc network. The correct network is EFNet, and you can connect to irc.secsup.org or irc.isprime.com as one of the EFNet servers.
If you do not have an IRC client handy, you are free to use the GNAA Java IRC client by clicking here [nero-online.org] .

About Lunix
Lunix is an operating system. An operating system is the basic set of programs and utilities that make your computer run. Some other common operating systems are Unix (and its variants BSD, AIX, Solaris, HPUX, and others); DOS; Microsoft Windows; Amiga; and Mac OS.
Lunix is Free Software. Now, just because it's Free, doesn't necessarily mean it's free. Think "free" as in "free speech," not "free beer," as we in the Free Software/Open Source community like to say. In a nutshell, software that is free as in speech, like Lunix, is distributed along with its source code so that anyone who receives it is free to make changes and redistribute it. So, not only is it ok to make copies of Lunix and give them to your friends, it's also fine to tweak a few lines of the source code while you're at it -- as long as you also freely provide your modified source code to everyone else. To learn more about free software and the major software license it is distributed under, called the General Public License (GPL), go here [com.com] .

If you have mod points and would like to support GNAA, please moderate this post up.
By moderating this post as "Underrated", you cannot be Meta-Moderated! Please consider this.

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Maybe this can herald a new way to .... (5, Funny)

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414466)

do deals? Announce a deal idea on /., watch the community debate it, get a bunch of ideas from it. Free brainstorming from the /. community.

1. Invent boy band

2. Tie download of boy band song to Happy Meals

3. Profit!

Re:Maybe this can herald a new way to .... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7414521)

I don't want to start a holy war here, but what is the deal with you Mac fanatics? I've been sitting here at my freelance gig in front of a Mac (a 8600/300 w/64 Megs of RAM) for about 20 minutes now while it attempts to copy a 17 Meg file from one folder on the hard drive to another folder. 20 minutes. At home, on my Pentium Pro 200 running NT 4, which by all standards should be a lot slower than this Mac, the same operation would take about 2 minutes. If that.
In addition, during this file transfer, Netscape will not work. And everything else has ground to a halt. Even BBEdit Lite is straining to keep up as I type this.

I won't bore you with the laundry list of other problems that I've encountered while working on various Macs, but suffice it to say there have been many, not the least of which is I've never seen a Mac that has run faster than its Wintel counterpart, despite the Macs' faster chip architecture. My 486/66 with 8 megs of ram runs faster than this 300 mhz machine at times. From a productivity standpoint, I don't get how people can claim that the Macintosh is a superior machine.

Mac addicts, flame me if you'd like, but I'd rather hear some intelligent reasons why anyone would choose to use a Mac over other faster, cheaper, more stable systems.

Re:Maybe this can herald a new way to .... (4, Funny)

Frymaster (171343) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414526)

Free brainstorming from the /. community.

ah yes, "news for marketing professionals,"

if your focus group is slashdot you're in serious trouble, my lad.

Re:Maybe this can herald a new way to .... (5, Funny)

tmark (230091) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414700)

if your focus group is slashdot you're in serious trouble, my lad.

No kidding. If McDonalds really wanted a promotion to get slashdotters, they should offer trading cards of anime girls and a wad of kleenex with every happy meal.

Re:Maybe this can herald a new way to .... (0, Offtopic)

Brymouse (563050) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414733)

Mod this up.

It made Dr Pepper come out of my nose!

Re:Maybe this can herald a new way to .... (0, Troll)

yomegaman (516565) | more than 10 years ago | (#7415064)

Besides that, it seems like just about every story on a new product here devolves into a discussion on how to get it or an equivalent for much cheaper or free. Not only will Slashdotters advise you to make a product hardly anyone wants, they won't even buy it themselves!

Re:Maybe this can herald a new way to .... (3, Interesting)

dukeluke (712001) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414538)

Shucks!

I had just got done discussing this with a friend at class tonight too. After I explained it to him - yeah, we both kinda looked at each other and went REALLY?. A billion songs for a billion dollars? - Not even Mc Donald's is stupid enough to pay for that many songs - over half of which wouldn't even get redeemed...

Pity though really - this is phenomenal advertising for i-Tunes & a great business proposition for McDonald's - they should really look into it - but maybe not at a billion songs or so (that's a lot of music!)

Re:Maybe this can herald a new way to .... (2, Funny)

`Sean (15328) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414950)

1. Invent boy band
Du Jour means friendship! Du Jour means seatbelts...

Not so fast... (5, Funny)

corebreech (469871) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414470)

I happen to know that the deal was for real, but that the contract was stored on an external FireWire drive that was connected to a iBook running Panther [yahoo.com] , which is the same thing as saying it was deleted.

(or was it lost when saved using Panther's new FileVault feature [yahoo.com] , which acts as an auxiliary trash can? To be honest, I forget now.)

Re:Not so fast... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7414492)

Nah, it was on a floppy, who needs a firewire drive to move a 1-2 kb agreement? But Steve didn't have a floppy drive and it fell threw.

Re:Not so fast... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7414581)

I teach OS concepts at a major college.

What I've experienced with Linux is thus.

It's for sure an inferior OS to UNIX and Windows because...

1)It's really hard to use
2)Not very stable
3)Has little real security

It's for sure dangerous to businesses and business computing in general because...

1)It's source code is basically stolen from others work.
2)It is free and has no market(money) driving it's development so therefore it's not good for the economy and the public interest in general
3)The philosophy behind the distribution of Linux is Un-American and more like communism.
This cannot be good for our country.
It allows terrorists just enough encryption and power to aid them in their efforts to KILL us.
4)The source is provided so ANYONE can create scripts and such to slam a linux system.

It's role should just be for teaching OS concepts.
In that role Linux is great. We use it in our classroom but I certainly explain to my students that it is not a real OS like Sun, SCO or Windows.
If a student writes in a paper in my class and lists Linux as one of the OS's that make up the major market then they get an F on that paper.
The reason is because Linux is not in the major Market it is in the minor market - the second rate
special purpose OS's. Linux is not general enough
to be considered an universal OS.

In it's current state Linux is not ready for primetime. It will never be until Linus Torvalds
does the following.

1) Settle disputes with the IP holder of UNIX (SCO).
2) Restricted source license.
3) Make it a TRUE commercail OS
4) Single source for distributing.(No SUSE, NO RH)

After a couple of years of that you will see
Linux become a first tier OS instead of a novelty
OS.

All I am saying is let's be realistic about what Linux is and is not.

I am in the middle of an experiment.
With the release of RH8 I decided to make it
my exclusive Desktop OS to do all my work on it
for one year.

I bought RH 8 when it came out and the thing I noticed was I had to do about 6 weeks of almost constant tweeking and refining and reinstalling
I finaly had it about 15% as productive as Windows 98! Think about that!
It is also much much slower that Windows98.
Even though I only load the absolutley minimum processes.

1)It is not faster than Windows
2)Does not manage memory better than NT or XP.
3)The GUI is much less stable and crashes much more than winNT, XP or 98.

These are just facts.

Re:Not so fast... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7414604)

Looks like you clicked the AC button by mistake, so now you don't get any points. Be more careful in future.

Re:Not so fast... (1, Insightful)

the_2nd_coming (444906) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414611)

PLEASE.....you expect us to believe you are a College professor?

you totally blow tat supposition away when you claim this:

The philosophy behind the distribution of Linux is Un-American and more like communism.
This cannot be good for our country.


EVERYONE knows that University professors are Communists.

Swing and Miss? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7414474)

More like 'made-up news'? No?

(fp)

Re:Swing and Miss? (-1)

handybundler (232934) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414496)

YOU MISSED/FAILED IT!

That's right! YOU MISSED/FAILED IT. You swung, you missed. Now go back to making up news.

blah (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7414480)

f1st post

There's always Pepsi... (1)

bamberg29 (240460) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414482)

Oh well, there's always Pepsi starting in February...

David

Re:There's always Pepsi... (1)

dreadnougat (682974) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414558)

There's always the online store...

Of course everyone's getting fat. Everything is food and liquid sugar.

Damn... (5, Funny)

GregThePaladin (696772) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414483)

That might have gave me a reason to eat sometrhing other than ramen.

Not that McDonalds is much better. Or any better, actually.

Re:Damn... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7414547)

HUHUHUH --oh.

Whoa (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7414488)

Let me see if I got this right.

The NY Times was actually wrong about something?

It must be backwards day! /sarcasm

Re:Whoa (0, Flamebait)

the argonaut (676260) | more than 10 years ago | (#7415165)

Nice try, but too bad it was the Post, not the Times. Now go back to watching Fox News, where you can be assured that they are always wrong. Not that you would notice...

A Non-Denial Denial (5, Insightful)

GabrielF (636907) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414489)

This was a definite non-denial denial. "There are no agreements to announce" doesn't say anything about agreements under consideration, etc.
Also, I seriously doubt that McDonalds would pay $1 billion for $1 billion songs, first there's gotta be a volume discount in the billions, second, not every song is going to be redeemed so it doesn't make any sense that they would pay for the songs that don't get bought.

Re:A Non-Denial Denial (4, Insightful)

dbirchall (191839) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414573)

It's such fun to watch people waffle between "this is the unadulterated truth" and "this is completely false" when something is merely unconfirmed.

(Okay, it's not fun. Wake me when it's over.)

That is the beauty of it. (2, Interesting)

mindstrm (20013) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414633)

The incremental cost to give away the songs is negligible.. it's digital.

IT works for both companies: Think of the extra exposure it would give itunes.... McDonalds is HUGE.

If MCDonalds does it... everyone on earth will hear about Itunes, and inquire as to what it is, etc.

Re:That is the beauty of it. (3, Informative)

Nonki (682234) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414672)

The cost would be negligible if it worked like that, but what Pepsi did, and what McDonalds is preported to do, is pay for the songs just as everyone else with no discounts.
Both Pepsi and McDonald's are paying Apple's retail price of 99 cents per song, sources say.
This would be $1 billion dollars. You aren't paying for the mp3, you are paying for the liscence to have it. Although to a conglomerate like McD's maybe a billion dollars is negligible.

Gift Certs (1)

Flamesplash (469287) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414735)

not every song is going to be redeemed so it doesn't make any sense that they would pay for the songs that don't get bought.

I bet they try and tie it into the gift certs somehow, so that they get auto created upon redemption and McDonald's only charged for what is used.

Re:A Non-Denial Denial (3, Interesting)

slagdogg (549983) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414769)

... there's gotta be a volume discount in the billions

McDonald's would have to negiotiate that with the labels directly, most likely. I'm sure Apple would be happy to break even on the deal, just for the promotion and getting people accustomed to building their music libraries in iTunes. However, according to most industry estimations Apple pays ~$0.70 US to the appropriate record label (for major label content) for each sale, so any volume discount they give would have to be at or around that price. The record labels would be wise, in my opinion, to sell these tracks to McDonald's / Apple for a reduced rate, say $0.40 US. While this lowers margins for everyone involved, it is great marketing for McDonald's, Apple, and those pesky labels. I look forward to this deal working out, it would be even bigger than the Pepsi deal for educating the public on the value of legal digital music.

why is there a lack of honesty when it comes to (-1, Flamebait)

Sonnenschein (701061) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414500)

apple products ? If microsoft released software like itunes, and lacked as many features and supported audio formats, you guys would be all over it ... "Ya, it looks good but I'll stick with my winamp." Instead all I've seen is drooling over iTunes and hordes of zealots just wishing they could give Steve Jobs a handjob...

iTunes isn't that good and just because apple is behind it, doesn't make it great. Go ahead and gloss over its flaws and go suck Steve Jobs cock.

At least I will speak the truth, the mac zealots in this forum are just being downright ignorant.

Scary footage...children look away! (1, Offtopic)

Ridgelift (228977) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414503)

Microsoft's president Steve Ballmer was seen celebrating the news [macboy.com] . Ugh...makes you ill just watching it!

Re:Scary footage...children look away! (4, Funny)

MoronGames (632186) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414533)

Ergh! I started playing it and I didn't know I had my speakers up so loud. The pain!

Re:Scary footage...children look away! (2, Informative)

Ridgelift (228977) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414662)

Informative?! Hey, it was supposed to be funny! Man, the day my jokes begin educating people is the day the world's gone completely to hell.

Re:Scary footage...children look away! (1)

exhilaration (587191) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414674)

Man that was funny, I especially loved the sweat stains. Anybody got a video of the REAL Microsoft event where Ballmer acted like a drunk frat boy?

Original Steve Ballmer video (2, Insightful)

exhilaration (587191) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414718)

I found it, view the video here [stenstad.net] .

Also look at this hilarious picture [bbspot.com] .

Don't click the second link (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7414884)

It's goatse.

ROTFLMAO, MOD UP, PLEASE... (1)

corebreech (469871) | more than 10 years ago | (#7415125)

Before I wet myself.

Yeah... (1, Funny)

Dr Reducto (665121) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414509)

Apple denies it like rumors of G5's and updated Powerbooks. Could that mean my precious G5 PB is coming?

Not a very strong denial (4, Informative)

LoadStar (532607) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414511)

While it's hard to tell from a press release that's been groomed by a PR department of a major international corporation, I still sense that this isn't a very strong denial.

All the press release says is that they haven't announced anything yet, and that the reports are speculation. (This is something we all knew ANYWAY.) This could've been released to deflate expectations a bit before the real announcement.... or it in fact could be that they have no plans to do the iTMS deal.

In either case, I'm not getting my hopes up, but then again, I didn't have my hopes up when the rumor first floated. I figured that if the deal would happen, it probably wouldn't happen right away.

Re:Not a very strong denial (2, Informative)

squaretorus (459130) | more than 10 years ago | (#7415178)

Leak
Media speculation
Soft denial
More media speculation
Harder ambiguous denial
Yet more media speculation
Leak a single detail
Lots more media speculation
Court injunction
LOTS of media speculation and sunday paper features
Announce deal
Lots of 'we fucking knew it' self congratulatory media coverage

Its 'cheap PR 101' guys!!

I want my WWN! (2, Funny)

SexyKellyOsbourne (606860) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414514)

If Slashdot is going to start posting erroneous stories from tabloids such as the New York Post [nypost.com] , they should instead post stories from the Weekly World News. I don't believe what a newspaper says unless it has BatBoy endorsing it!

New today: litterboxes for humans!

http://www.weeklyworldnews.com/news/index.cfm [weeklyworldnews.com]

Noooo!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7414536)

fuck, shes back, quick everybody, act like we're not home, also $$$$$exyGal come back, please!!!

Tomorrow's headline (3, Informative)

rifftide (679288) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414534)

WE LIED [nypost.com]

Could it be? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7414539)

One night, I was writing the contract on it, when all of a sudden it went berserk, the screen started flashing, and the whole contract just disappeared. All of it. And it was a good contract! I had to cram and rewrite it really quickly. Needless to say, my rushed contract wasn't nearly as good, and I blame that for MacDonald's not agreeing the the deal.

Re:Could it be? (-1, Offtopic)

Wehesheit (555256) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414686)

ZERO?! thats the funniest post in this entire article. Mods should be ashamed

News for nerds. Stuff that matters. (0, Troll)

lurker412 (706164) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414542)

Neither one nor the other. Who cares, whether it is true or false?

Re:News for nerds. Stuff that matters. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7414591)

all of the nerds who make the iTunes service run surely care.

What a total waste of time! (5, Funny)

Basehart (633304) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414543)

I've been at the counter of my local McDonalds since reading the press release, waiting to get my free iTunes, and now I stink of grease!

Thanks Apple!

Re:What a total waste of time! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7414556)

Listen Rummy. I'm gonna say it plain and simple. Where'd you pinch the hooch? Is some blind tiger
jerking suds on the side?

Re:What a total waste of time! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7414702)

You know, generally one's simpsons quotes are at least tangentially related to the story in question. Better luck next time.

Re:What a total waste of time! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7414748)

don't most Apple junkies stink of grease anyway?

Silly New York Post... (5, Funny)

AvantLegion (595806) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414544)

... they're trying to copy the Times, but they obviously haven't figured out the difference between fabricating stories and just plain fucking up.

FP? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7414545)

Maybe?

Oh, well... (3, Funny)

Joey Patterson (547891) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414546)

At least we can still dream about Superdriving our combo and ordering a Big iMac and files to go with it.

Good ploy McDonalds (3, Interesting)

Neo-Rio-101 (700494) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414565)

I think everyone would have to wonder if McDonalds just pulled this stunt to get some free publicity. 1. Pretend you're being a nice company and deal out free music 2. Deny it, and save yourself the money. 3. Create media attention to suck in everyone 4. ??? 5. Profit!

Re:Good ploy McDonalds (1)

OblvnDrgn (167720) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414849)

I believe the #4 that you left out was "Sell hamburgers." I think you'll find that that fits nicely into your proposed business plan.

Re:Good ploy McDonalds (1)

Neo-Rio-101 (700494) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414966)

I'm not even sure if they sell hamburgers.... if that's what they really are.....

Pure speculation (3, Insightful)

herrvinny (698679) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414566)

DES MOINES, Iowa (Dow Jones)--McDonald's Corp. (NYSE:MCD - News) characterized a published report that it plans a massive digital song giveaway promotion as "pure speculation."

It's "pure speculation". Notice they didn't say anything against/for it. Speculation is a very neutral term. Merriam Webster [m-w.com] says:

Speculation [m-w.com] : an act or instance of speculating

And speculating [m-w.com] means: to meditate on or ponder a subject

McD is still WORKING ON IT! Doesn't mean they've decided one way or another, it's just that they're thinking about IT! Before /. issues a retraction, try RTFD (Reading the F**king Dictionary). Can we set up some kind of dictionary fund for /. editors? Like this [ebay.com] or this [barnesandnoble.com] ?

Re:Pure speculation (1)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#7415085)

You can't draw the conclusion that McD is working on it from their denial, they may or may not be... the pondering work got done by the media.

So, that that then... (5, Funny)

EverDense (575518) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414568)

The age old question has just been answered.
Ronald McDonald DOES read SlashDot.

Dodgy marketing (2, Interesting)

Nonki (682234) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414592)

Billion-dollar deals don't just poof out of thin air, there probably is something behind this. All they said is that there is no agreement right now, if they had no plans, they would probably say more than that. It does strike me as a bit odd, however, that they would buy these songs at-cost, and give them away as a marketing campaign. But Pepsi did it so maybe its not so far-fetched.

One more thing...McDonalds "continues to aggressively pursue bold new initiatives in the areas of music, sports, fashion and entertainment..."

Maybe I'm just old-fashioned, but shouldn't McDonalds concentrate on making decent food before they get carried away with music and fashion? Maybe if they scrapped the wafer-thin burgers more people would go there.

Re:Dodgy marketing (1)

Neo-Rio-101 (700494) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414953)

I agree... McDondals has been doing this for ages. Like Microsft, marketing is their forte... I mean, how else would you manage to sell crap to lots of people? What about the "Premium Mac" ? It was half the size of a BigMac, yet cost more, but had EXACTLY THE SAME INGREDIENTS!

Healthy Alternative (2, Funny)

speed-sf (721339) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414596)

well, it seemed like a good idea, then Apple was worried they'd get sued for making people fat.

this is good (-1, Troll)

GoatPigSheep (525460) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414597)

Because I was close to all out boycotting all apple products when I heard they were in business with McDonalds.

I will no way support any company that associates with animal-murdering empires like McDonalds.

Nice, html (-1, Flamebait)

ChrisZuma (719884) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414638)

impressive show of HTML prowess there, goatboy.

In soviet russia, the website codes you!

Re:this is good (1)

dreadnougat (682974) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414643)

Every time a person says a thing like that, I eat another defenseless, processed animal.

Re:this is good (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7414691)

Any company you deal with has employees that murder animals all the time, so really you can't escape the fact that most of the people you depend on eat meat. It's a fact of life, things eat one another.

Should have listened to this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7414599)

Everyone should have listened to this guy http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=84948&ci d=7409586

New York Post?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7414605)

"A swing and a miss for New York Post"

Well Slashdot didn't even swing. Then again, it has no real journalists, so it can't hope to try to actually verify information before copying it from other news sources.

NY Post probably got their facts mixed up (1)

green pizza (159161) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414628)

My guess, especially given the offical reply from McD, is that they are planning something like this, just not with Apple. I wouldn't be suprised to hear that they'll be giving away 1 Billion MusicMatch or Napster songs.

Come on... (-1)

ChrisZuma (719884) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414630)

A billion songs? have you any idea the storage space that would consume? that'd be like having a drawing for 1,000,000 bricks of gold!
Also, seeing as the most they have ever given out before is a million, i seriously doubt they would be this generous.

Responding to a previous reply, who here honestly thinks the RIAA would even CONSIDER giving ANY kind of discount, even if McD's were to buy a freakin' billion songs?!?!

Re:Come on... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7414766)

I think this is quite possibly the dumbest post I have ever read on /. I am now more stupid having read it.

Re:Come on... (1)

cjfoste (685319) | more than 10 years ago | (#7415092)

Storage space..... there wouldn't be 1 billion songs sitting somewhere only deleted when someone downloaded it..hello??? There are only 400,000 songs on iTunes store...gosh if last week 1 million were sold there must be multiple copies of each song just wasting space.... and 1 million copies of iTunes were downloaded..that means there were 1 million copies made on apple's servers........

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Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7414646)

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McDonald's New Deal (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7414677)

Hey, I don't know where you heard about McDonalds dealin in iTunes, but here - today - in Raleigh, NC, McDonalds opened a McCafe, an alternative to Starbucks for those who want fancy coffees, pastries, and deli sandwiches. Oh, and the whole place is wifi-enabled for free to internet surfing or just small computer errands.

Re:McDonald's New Deal (1)

uunh haun (638348) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414704)

old news, though I haven't actually seen the one (ones?) here in chi-rock

Re:McDonald's New Deal (1)

a.koepke (688359) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414717)

The McCafe thing has been in Australia for a few years now :)

Re:McDonald's New Deal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7414740)

No, sorry ... I was just saying that the first American one launched this morning in Raleigh, North Carolina. They plan to open 3 or 4 and then moves to other urban areas. People were definitely pleased with the services and products - for now! Bow and make way for the new king of lattes, Ronald McDondald!

Re:McDonald's New Deal (1)

uunh haun (638348) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414922)

like I said, it's been in chicago for a while now

Huh ? (1)

tmark (230091) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414690)

It sounded pretty plausible, even if the cost was roughly 50% more than McDonald's usual yearly advertising expenditures.

I can't figure out whether the editor was being sarcastic, suggesting that it *wasn't* plausible, or if he was being serious, to suggest that such a huge expenditure was plausible.

Perhaps the sheer size of the number he quotes should (*if* it's correct) answer my own question, but I don't know if I'm willing to give these editors that much credit...

Re:Huh ? (1)

NaugaHunter (639364) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414840)

Apparently, he's unaware of simple restaurant economics. Doesn't a 32 oz pop cost like $.08 in materials, and most of that is the cup? A 99-cent cost item tied to Combo Meals would easily be profitable. After all, aren't Happy Meals priced less than their individual parts, and they include a toy? (Yes not a 99-cent toy, but a Happy Meal is cheaper than a Combo Meal.) If it draws in people who also bring in people who buy just other products, ka-ching!

Or, like they say in Catch-22:
- Milo, how can you make a profit selling 7-cent eggs for 5 cents?
- Volume!

Re:Huh ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7415073)

Yeah, fast food, there's a high-margin industry for ya. Rich customers, little competition, strong brand awareness...oh wait, that's Apple I was thinking of. McDonald's makes like 1 cent on every Happy Meal sold.

people like ipod but...... (2, Funny)

hhknighter (629353) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414744)

as great as most people think of the ipod, I can guarantee that it doesn't have a taste modifying feature.

I would take 40 gigs of songs (hmm, good ones, so really, around 15 megs), yes, but not with 40 pounds of grease.

And in other news, man won $1 bill worth of songs stuck inside a local McDonalds.

The WiFi / iTunes connection (4, Insightful)

Infonaut (96956) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414765)

It might have actually worked for McDonald's. They're not exactly conquering the world these days, and they definitely need a means of bringing people into the stores.

WiFi alone? Eh.

WiFi and free iTunes? Now there's something.

Of course, who wants to bring their computer into a greasy McDonald's and get Secret Sauce all over it while surfing the 'Net. Ew... forget I went there!

Starbucks. Those guys would do well with an iTunes promo. They've already rolled out the WiFi part of the equation.

Cleanup on aisle 5! (1)

MsGeek (162936) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414948)

Of course, who wants to bring their computer into a greasy McDonald's and get Secret Sauce all over it while surfing the 'Net. Ew... forget I went there!

You just put two very ugly images in my mind. My Wallstreet PowerBook, and my Thinkpad 600E, both slimed. With Filet-O-Fish tartar sauce, actually, if it was IRL. This reminds me why this is such a bad idea.

Starbucks. Those guys would do well with an iTunes promo. They've already rolled out the WiFi part of the equation.

Then again, coffee spillage has always been a hazard when surfing at your local Wired coffeehouse. Venti Frappucino Mocha...all over your brand spanking new G4 iBook. [shudder]

OT: love the sig file! (1)

Infonaut (96956) | more than 10 years ago | (#7415212)

No way could the Pistols make it in today's environment. I mean, they're like, so much less talented than, like, Justin Timberlake and Blink 182!

Not So Far-Fetched (5, Insightful)

QGambit (453414) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414786)

While I agree that the the $1 Billion figure is probably wishful thinking on the Post's part, I will say that this deal does strike me as VERY do-able. McD has given away music CDs for years during various promotions, as have other fast-food chains. I can see music giveaways in digital form taking hold very quickly.

Here is an example: Lets say the real deal is $100 Million (just like the Pepsi deal so it is not out of the realm of possibility). McD now has a block of songs that it can do whatever it wants with. If McD has a promotion where they would normally be giving away copies of a CD, they could replace it with a free download of the album from the iTMS. Apple could restrict the redemption so that only the designated album can be downloaded (making success/failure analysis quite easy).

If the promo succeeds, everyone is happy. However, if the promo fails (cuz the music sucks, for example), they would normally have piles of CDs that would just get trashed. Money wasted on production, storage, transportation, and destruction/recycling. With iTMS, they can just keep the unused downloads and repurpose them for a future event, such as a prize in the Monopoly game they run every so often.

In the end, McD has only paid for what it used. Very economical.

NY Post is Rupert Murdoch's rag? (1)

Vellmont (569020) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414798)

Isn't the NY Post one of the least respected papers in the US? Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I was under the impression that Murdochs newspapers were nothing but trash. You could probbably say they're just below slashdot in the reliability of articles which appear in them ;).

Re:NY Post is Rupert Murdoch's rag? (1)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#7415111)

News Corp. is all over the map when it comes to the content spectrum. It owns some of the trashiest media outlets known to man, but it also owns some of the most respected including Fox News and Sky News. You have to judge each operation on its own, and in some cases within each operation there's distinctly different personalities too.

Re:NY Post is Rupert Murdoch's rag? (2, Informative)

Vellmont (569020) | more than 10 years ago | (#7415166)


but it also owns some of the most respected including Fox News and Sky News

Umm.. Fox News is respected? That's news to me. Somehow falsely reporting that WMD have been found in Iraq every 5 minutes doesn't get you a lot of respect. Neither does threatening to sue The Simpsons for making fun of Fox News. Or how about suing Al Franken for trademark violations of the phrase "Fair and Balanced"? Fox News is many things, but a respected news organization is not one of them.

I know about nothing about Sky News, but given Murdochs record I'd be awfully surprised if they had a shill of credibility.

DEAL OR TRADE??? (1)

llZENll (545605) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414805)

"roughly 50% more than McDonald's usual yearly advertising expenditures" LOL, I think Apple would cut them deal if they purchased 1B at once, dont you think ;) either that or they just traded goods, 1B iTunes for 1B hambugers for Apples fat slobby technoweenies, flames to full throttle Capitan...

Oh, damn for McDonald's (1)

EaTiN cOfFeE bEaNs (513655) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414811)

I haven't eaten at McDonald's for two and a half months. I stopped eating there after I quit working there. If this iTunes deal came to McDonald's, I would not only start eating there again, but I'd put up with insults from my friends for being a McBitch and work there again.

one thousand million dollars plausible?? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7414817)

A moments thought would have told anyone with common sense that no company is going to give away one billion dollars worth of free music. In fact, what company would buy one billion of anything and not expect a substantial discount?

In all fairness... (1)

bobdotorg (598873) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414836)

In all fairness, it must be noted that when I bought the tabloid, the NY Post vendor said, "Would you like lies with that?"

Why does this warrent a story? (1)

ii-chan (75377) | more than 10 years ago | (#7414925)

Unfortunately, while a billion dollars to us mortals may seem like a significant amount of money, I don't think that this warrents a seperate story, and not just an update to the previous one.

Also, I'd like to be the first to surface the rumor of Uncle Steve releasing a 1 terabyte iPod to coincide with the announcement of this McDonalds promotion; so you CAN hold all billion songs....

The New York Post, a bastion of accuracy (1)

Our Man In Redmond (63094) | more than 10 years ago | (#7415008)

A swing and a miss for the New York Post.

Now that's a big surprise. [thesmokinggun.com]

How much money, really? (3, Insightful)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 10 years ago | (#7415102)

$1 billion seems out of line. McDonald's only is giving away $55,283,390 worth of Best Buy money, not all of which will be turned in undoubtably, in the current Monopoly Best Chance Game promotion. $54,983,390 of that will be in the form of 54,983,390 $1 pieces.

When you add it all up, there's only 55,000,000 Best Buy pieces in cirulation... and that's from a pretty full tilt campaign by McDs standards. Therefore, I think that's the reasonable cap on how many songs total McDs could give away if such a promotion happens.

Not a Denial. Confirmed on MacRumors (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7415156)

1) The statement was a non-statement. They said they have nothing to announce. Period.

2) MacRumors.com [macrumors.com] confirms that it is happening.
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