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Buck Twenty-Nine Fail

About a year ago, Amazon.com raised the prices on some of their MP3 offerings to $1.29. Previously, songs were offered in the $0.89 to $0.99price range individually, and less when buying entire albums.
This was a move mirrored by Apple and other online music sales due to price hikes and retail price demands from record labels

I was a big fan of Amazon MP3, and this price hike greatly saddened me. It also changed my music consumption habits, or rather reverted them. I’ll still buy a $0.99 song from Amazon, but if the offering isn’t available at that price point, I will break the law and download the song — often the entire album, because that’s just as easy — for free.

The music industry continues to slowly dig it’s own grave.

Strange Tracking

I have been trying to return a package to Amazon for over a month now. I think it might make it this time! I have two tracking numbers, and one of them (1Z7R23Y69088829050) reports the following tracking data:

Date Time Location
January 13, 2010 09:31:00 PM Hodgkins IL US
January 13, 2010 05:45:00 PM Hodgkins IL US
January 9, 2010 03:24:00 AM San Pablo CA US
January 9, 2010 02:29:00 AM San Pablo CA US
January 8, 2010 10:06:00 PM Menlo Park CA US
January 8, 2010 07:01:00 PM Menlo Park CA US
December 12, 2009 09:49:00 AM Lexington KY US
December 12, 2009 03:53:00 AM Indianapolis IN US
December 12, 2009 02:21:00 AM Indianapolis IN US
December 11, 2009 10:21:00 PM Hodgkins IL US
December 11, 2009 07:13:00 PM Hodgkins IL US
December 9, 2009 05:25:20 AM
December 9, 2009 12:35:00 AM Oakland CA US
December 8, 2009 11:52:00 PM Oakland CA US
December 8, 2009 10:10:00 PM Menlo Park CA US
December 8, 2009 07:25:00 PM Menlo Park CA US
December 8, 2009 04:25:20 PM
December 8, 2009 04:25:00 PM Menlo Park CA US
December 2, 2009 02:02:50 AM US

Notice how it magically disappeared for almost a month after reaching Kentuky, and then reappeared in Menlo Park, only to be shipped off again. UPS magic!

That means the package has travelled over 7,000 miles since when I tried to ship it!