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technology that has never stopped any 10 year old but cockblocks the fortyplus age group all over the place

2014-12-29 - 10:57 a.m.

My library has this downloading service that supposedly gives every patron 5 free downloads a week from Sony. Well, maybe it does and maybe it doesn't. For me, it does, but I've had to figure out all my own hacks to make it work. The most irritating is that if you just log in on the service's site then you never get logged in. But there's a complicated series of clicks and links to follow which I discovered that allow me to actually pick up my weekly downloads. I think it's because they have never bothered to actually upload library patron's information to the service, giving me the uncomfortable feeling that I'm one of the only, if not THE only, person using this six figure a year service.

Be that as it may, there doesn't seem to be a way -- or at least my librarian has never gotten back to me with a way -- to let the service know that the patron in question is an adult of an age highly unlikely to find any new swears in Sergio Pizzorno's lyrics. You can guess where this is going. When you are not logged in, then the album Velociraptor! [Explicit] shows in their catalog. Log in and try to download a song from it and, good luck, bunky. There are plenty more f-bombs dropped in the unlabeled Kasabian albums I already downloaded from their service without incident but this service probably doesn't, you know, actually listen to the music for colorful swears. It just makes a note if a band sort of randomly marks a song or album as "explicit." Ugh. I can't even describe the backdoor hack that allowed me to download 10 of the 11 tracks. "Days are Forgotten," evidently the one that the library or the service has a problem with, was not gettable at all. Even though it has way fewer swears than plenty of other Kasabian tracks I've downloaded. But I'm afraid to point that out, for fear they'll remove those items from the catalog too and spoil it for any other post-punk listeners in St. Tammany Parish.

What I finally did is I bought DAF from Amazon and then played with the information on the downloads for a little bit. Finally I have got iTunes to believe that all of these songs come from one album and they are even playing in the correct order. Whew.

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