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Apple has announced a new feature within the iTunes Store that is sure to appease many customers.
Called “Complete My Album”, the service allows customers that have previously purchased individual tracks on an album a discount to purchase the album in full: For every track you have previously downloaded from an album, you get a credit of 99 cents when you go to purchase the entire album. Nice, huh?
Yes, I know it has been a very long time since I have attempted to blog. I’m not proud. It’s a shame really. The one or two people that read my blog last year might have missed my charming writing style and wordular prowess. That’s right, I said – well typed, actually – prowess! And yes, I know that wordular is not a word. But alas, those are tales for another day, and I will get into that in more detail in due time in future posts (at the rate I blog means sometime within the next seven months, so pace yourself!) For now, let’s just get on with it. My name is Chris, so nice to meet you again. I will be your host for today’s entry, one that involves a man and machines, and stubborn and silly insistence on the status quo.
Rather than grow out the list on the Reviews and Feedback sidebar that adorns most of the site’s pages, I thought I would post a few more recent customer comments and reviews for iDrops, and their thoughts on PodShop’s customer service:
What a busy month it has been! After the launch of the new podshop.com site late last month, I have been extremely busy fielding emails, questions, and responses (for both PodShop products and the updated podshop.com website), have been interviewed by Matthew Smith of TXP Magazine, and of course, have been happily and graciously processing, filling, and shipping every order as quick as I can (all orders are usually processed, filled, and shipped the same day that the order is placed). Thank you to everyone interested in PodShop, its products, and especially to all the new customers that I have been fortunate to welcome over the last month.
Google officially announced their online payment service today. Dubbed Google Checkout, it looks promising. I’m looking into the first level API integration for now.
UPDATE: I’ve signed up for Google Checkout account, which was relatively quick and painless. Similar to setting up a PayPal account, the process was very straight forward. There’s an option to link up your Checkout account with your AdWords account (if you don’t have a pre-existing AdWords account, you can set up both types of accounts during this process), which enables you to save money on the standard Checkout transaction fee of 2% plus $.20. This default rate is already lower than the bottom-tiered (i.e. most expensive) PayPal account, which is 2.9% plus $.30 per transaction.
Just in case any blog readers might be interested… you can get iDrops for $11.95 through July 4th.
PodShop Celebrates Independence Day with New Website and Sale
Council Bluffs, Iowa – June 27, 2006 – PodShop (http://podshop.com), makers of specialized accessories for portable audio electronics and computing devices, announced today that it is celebrating Independence Day a week early with the launch of the company’s new website, and a special sale price on iDrops, its cleaning, polishing, and scratch-removing product.
One day after I bag on Microsoft for all of the different initiatives (read money-making schemes) it has undertaken recently – and in the process left Windows for dead – I get a piece of snail mail from them.
Like a wounded animal, there is a certain software company from Redmond Washington that is fighting for its business-identity life. Once the titan of its trade, Microsoft has fallen into a deadly trap – one in which it has been ensnared for years – and there appears to be no quick way out.
The last thing I remember, it was early February. The calendar shall tell no lies, I guess, as it is now evidently late June, the first day of summer, nonetheless. But how can that be right? Over four months? Yes, that is indeed the length of time it took me to get the new podshop.com site finished. Over one third of a year. For all of the other sports fans out there, let me put this timeframe in terms you can further relate to: from the Super Bowl through the end of the NBA Finals, and just a few weeks shy of MLB’s All-Star Game. Yikes.
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