When you import an audio CD into a program like iTunes, an online database (usually Gracenote
reads the information and then sends back a list of track titles, album
artwork and liner notes. Sometimes, annoyingly, your album gets
mislabeled with tracks from a similar artist or genre. Other times,
bizarre album art returns from a completely unfamiliar artist. And--if
you happen to be a divisive former President who's just released a surprisingly popular
memoir--there's other times when you import your audiobook and the chapter titles mistakenly read "Weapon of Fear,"
"Bush It," and "Innocent Children Die."
To explain: yesterday, Talking Points Memo
discovered a prank/unfortunate mix-up that occurred when George W.
Bush's recently released audiobook, Decision Points, was imported into a
Windows Media Player database. Apparently, there was a 2007 protest album
titled George W. Bush and the audiobook has picked up those song names for chapter titles. Random House publicist responded to the
incident with this statement emailed to TPM: "The bottom line
is that the hacker has taken advantage of the open source environment
that is a part of all internet based media libraries. We cannot control
the internet nor Microsoft policy."
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