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Apple rolls out 'Holiday Cheer' playlist with 8 free Christmas songs

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Apple on Wednesday announced its "Holiday Cheer" Christmas playlist in the Apple Store app, inviting users to download eight holiday classics for free from the iTunes Store.

Holiday Cheer


The Holiday Cheer initiative is another exclusive to the official Apple Store app meant to drum up interest in the title. Previous promotions included free apps downloadable through the iOS App Store.

For the Holiday Cheer freebies, Apple has selected eight Christmas tracks that can be downloaded for free from iTunes via a unique redemption code. The offer expires on Dec. 31, and the company warns content is subject to availability.

As for the specific cuts, Apple is giving away "Ave Maria" by Il Vollo, "Children Go Where I Send Thee" by Nik Lowe, "Duck the Halls" by The Robertsons, "Joy to the World" by Celtic Woman, Silent Night" by Kelly Clarkson, "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an open Fire)" by Kool and the Gang, "The First Noel" by Mary J. Blige and "What Child is This" by Marvin Sapp.

The Apple Store app can be downloaded for free from the iOS App Store, while further promotions are expected to continue as Christmas draws near.
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Hmmm ... The only version that looks decent to me is the Celtic Woman one. I must be getting old.

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I think they should have allowed for 8 free songs of the user's choice instead of pushing Christmas songs on us. Some of us don't celebrate Christmas or are religious.
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I think they should have allowed for 8 free songs of the user's choice instead of pushing Christmas songs on us. Some of us don't celebrate Christmas or are religious.

True; I myself am not religious. I do, however, like a lot of what I consider to be "classic" Christmas music. Nat King Cole "Oh, Christmas Tree," Bing Crosby "White Christmas," (even though he was a DB in real life,) stuff like that.

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I think they should have allowed for 8 free songs of the user's choice instead of pushing Christmas songs on us. Some of us don't celebrate Christmas or are religious.

Christmas is religious? Damn, I always enjoyed it.
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I think they should have allowed for 8 free songs of the user's choice instead of pushing Christmas songs on us. Some of us don't celebrate Christmas or are religious.

 

It's called "Holiday Cheer", Mr. Continually Wet Blanket. You're a dour one.

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"subject to availability"?

So they might run out of digitally stored and transmitted content as well?

[sarcasm] Will these manufacturing supply constraints never end!!! [/sarcasm]
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I don't see it. Is this another example of Apple thinking the world ends at the US border?
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I don't see it. Is this another example of Apple thinking the world ends at the US border?

Apple's world wide sales data doesn't exactly support that hypothesis.
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Christmas is religious? Damn, I always enjoyed it.

Of course it is. Haven't you heard of Gluttism? The beautiful axis where Gluttony and Capitalism meet in a holy orgy of excess. Its lovely.

 

Not like the sordid Festivus celebrated by heathens and other lowlifes.

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Christmas is religious? Damn, I always enjoyed it.

You didn't know that?  Really?   

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I don't see it. Is this another example of Apple thinking the world ends at the US border?

Christmas is celebrated throughout the world
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Really?  Sounds like you aren't very happy.  Maybe some of us don't give a rip about Christmas.

 

Maybe you are part of the collective conscious that's been brainwashed into thinking the this time of the year is supposed to be happy for everyone.  Well, it isn't.  Lots of people don't have jobs.  Lot's of people don't have much in the way of money.   Lot's of people don't have the people they care about around to spend time with.  Lot's of people aren't Christian, or Jewish or belong to any other brainwashing religious cult trying to manipulate people into thinking they can go to heaven, even though they committed crimes against other people.

 

Why do you have to put ME down for not wanting any of these "FREE" songs?  What's wrong with me not wanting to have a religion "PUSHED" on me?  What's wrong with getting 8 free songs of my choice rather than THEIRS?

 

I just disagree with this and I don't think Jobs would have agreed to this either. 

Sheesh, take it easy.  If it's people's faith you are taking a cheap shot at, just remember that almost everyone in this world operates on faith in one form or another including strange things such as driving on one side of the road hoping that the guy on the other side of the painted line isn't going to crash head on with you.

 

This is free music.  It's okay if some or many don't want it.  I wouldn't take insult if Tim decided to pass out free vegan brownies at every store since I'm sure many would probably like it regardless of my taste.

 

Now if you're saying this is a bad business decision, then stick to facts, don't start up with your tirade against religion, faith and cults.

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The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an open Fire)" by Kool and the Gang

Yep "holiday classic" alright :???:

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It's called "Holiday Cheer", Mr. Continually Wet Blanket. You're a dour one.

And how does getting 8 free Christmas (Christian) songs going to give someone cheer that doesn't celebrate Christian holidays?  To me, that's insulting and offensive.

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I just disagree with this and I don't think Jobs would have agreed to this either. 

I downloaded a free iTunes Holiday Sampler (read Christmas) on 12/10/2009.  Jobs didn't have a problem with that one.

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Sheesh, take it easy.  If it's people's faith you are taking a cheap shot at, just remember that almost everyone in this world operates on faith in one form or another including strange things such as driving on one side of the road hoping that the guy on the other side of the painted line isn't going to crash head on with you.

 

This is free music.  It's okay if some or many don't want it.  I wouldn't take insult if Tim decided to pass out free vegan brownies at every store since I'm sure many would probably like it regardless of my taste.

 

Now if you're saying this is a bad business decision, then stick to facts, don't start up with your tirade against religion, faith and cults.

I think it's insulting to people that don't celebrate a specific religion.

 

What's wrong with not wanting to be part of a religion that's based on hypocrisy?  That's what they're based on.  If God created a religion, then why are there so many different ones with differences between each one.  God didn't write the Bible, even though the religious leaders want you to believe otherwise.

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Why do you have to put ME down for not wanting any of these "FREE" songs?  What's wrong with me not wanting to have a religion "PUSHED" on me?  What's wrong with getting 8 free songs of my choice rather than THEIRS?

 

If for a Christmas promotion, Apple were to offer 8 free songs of your choosing you would happily accept? I have no doubt you would. Of course, it would make you a hypocrite to take part in a Christmas promotion but I am sure you wouldn't let that stand in your way.

 

Merry Christmas :lol:

 

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I downloaded a free iTunes Holiday Sampler (read Christmas) on 12/10/2009.  Jobs didn't have a problem with that one.

I don't remember that year in what they gave out.  Personally, i find it offensive and insulting.

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I think it's insulting to people that don't celebrate a specific religion.

 

What's wrong with not wanting to be part of a religion that's based on hypocrisy?  That's what they're based on.  If God created a religion, then why are there so many different ones with differences between each one.  God didn't write the Bible, even though the religious leaders want you to believe otherwise.

If Tim decided to give away Halloween songs for free, while there would be a few "religious" people who would object, many like me would have no problem at all with that.  And I would tell those objectors to mellow out especially if they started to take cheap shots against atheists or some other group of people.

 

As for your questions, you should seek out your answers.  Or not.

 

I just think your reaction to this is over the top.  But I could be wrong.

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Religious churches are filled with heathens.  They accept ALL sinners.  That's what a lot of Christian churches have outside their building.  There's a couple of them in my area that say "We accept ALL sinners"

Pretty disgusting, especially when you hear countless stories of priests sexually abusing children, and other crimes. Heck, there's one church where the freaking priest is a convicted murderer.   It's ridiculous.

Because all sins are equal, so while you may think yourself better than a convicted murderer, you are not and neither is anyone else. Wouldn't you much rather hear about how to get rich from someone that was once poor or from someone that was born rich?
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Sheesh, take it easy.  If it's people's faith you are taking a cheap shot at, just remember that almost everyone in this world operates on faith in one form or another including strange things such as driving on one side of the road hoping that the guy on the other side of the painted line isn't going to crash head on with you.

 

This is free music.  It's okay if some or many don't want it.  I wouldn't take insult if Tim decided to pass out free vegan brownies at every store since I'm sure many would probably like it regardless of my taste.

 

Now if you're saying this is a bad business decision, then stick to facts, don't start up with your tirade against religion, faith and cults.

I am sticking to facts.  Religions are described as Religious Cults.  Religious Cults use brainwashing tactics. What do you think Dogma is?  It's a form of brainwashing.   FACT.  You think they hand out things like Wine (a psycho-active drug) because it's healthy?  It's used to put one's brain into a state where it's easily manipulated and it is the basis for an addiction.

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I don't see it. Is this another example of Apple thinking the world ends at the US border?

You're most likely holding it wrong.

 

OR your overly paternalistic foreign government doesn't like companies giving away free stuff without their endlessly butting in. LIke for Canada they'd probably have to offer SIXTEEN tracks: English versions and French.. gods know how they'd deal with the Celtic Woman's track were it in Irish….

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I think they should have allowed for 8 free songs of the user's choice instead of pushing Christmas songs on us. Some of us don't celebrate Christmas or are religious.

I'm so sick of seeing people complain about things like this - - - it's free!!!!  Take it or leave it.  No one cares to hear about how something doesn't fit their specific needs.  Geez!  Bunch of whiners!

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If Tim decided to give away Halloween songs for free, while there would be a few "religious" people who would object, many like me would have no problem at all with that.  And I would tell those objectors to mellow out especially if they started to take cheap shots against atheists or some other group of people.

 

As for your questions, you should seek out your answers.  Or not.

 

I just think your reaction to this is over the top.  But I could be wrong.

I was just thinking that giving away 8 free songs of the person's choice would be better than just Christmas songs, and then a bunch of Christians get their panties in a bunch over it.    Most of the holidays like Halloween, Easter, etc. are Pagen holidays anyways masqueraded as Christian holidays

 

So you think ganging up on people is right?  I just think they should just give people 8 song credits and that's what would be a BETTER alternative and I see NOTHING wrong with that.  


What if they didn't give out Christmas songs, but instead only gave out Jewish songs, or Hindu songs, or just Muslim songs?  Or how about only gave out Gangster Rap songs?

 

Christians would get bent out of shape if they only gave out free songs from another religion they didn't belong to and didn't give out Christian related songs.

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I think people have Diversity backwards.

If Apple released:

8 songs for Christmas, or
8 songs for Hannukah, or
8 songs for a Muslim Holiday, or
8 songs for New Years, or
8 songs for Summer, or
8 songs to celebrate Hungarian Beef Stew,

my reaction would all be the same, "That's Nice".

If a town with lots of Christians puts up a Christian Kresh, "That's Nice".
If a town with lots of Jews puts up a Star of David and a Mennorah, "That's Nice."

I don't understand all the rage when people not in a demographic freak out about expressions from those that are, esp when that demographic is the clear majority.

If Apple was in England, and released Patriotic songs for the Queen's birthday, would Americans freak out that English culture was being rammed down our throats? No.

People who recognize Diversity would say, "That's Nice."

Apple is a US-based company in a country that's generally-Christian that generally recognizes Christmas, even if 25% of US citizens have no religious affliation.
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Christians would get bent out of shape if they only gave out free songs from another religion they didn't belong to and didn't give out Christian related songs.

No true Christian would have that sense of entitlement.
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And how does getting 8 free Christmas (Christian) songs going to give someone cheer that doesn't celebrate Christian holidays?  To me, that's insulting and offensive.

 



Wow....take some prozac or zoloft or some other happy pill....the vast majority of the world celebrates the Christmas holiday. Even those that aren't Christian. In fact I barely think it qualifies as a religious holiday at all it has become so commercialized. Besides, many of the songs listed aren't religious at all...If you don't want the songs then don't download them. That is your choice. Just like it's Apple's choice to give these particular songs away for free.
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Because all sins are equal, so while you may think yourself better than a convicted murderer, you are not and neither is anyone else. Wouldn't you much rather hear about how to get rich from someone that was once poor or from someone that was born rich?

A convicted murderer or someone that violates one's civil rights is the same as a parking ticket? 

 

Yeah, I'm MUCH better than a convicted murderer.  I don't go around violating people's civil rights?  Why?  Do you?

 

What does how to get rich have anything to do with anything of this discussion?  I would rather have someone give advice on good business sense and how NOT to violate someone's civil rights in the first place than going around forgiving people for doing something that violates someone else's civil rights that haven't been forgiven by the victim.  If the victim hasn't forgiven the perp, then why should I, or God for that matter?

 

Sorry, but if someone is convicted of murder and sentenced to jail, they should NOT be the head of a religious church if they want my respect.

 

You sound like you agree with Steve Martin's character in the movie Leap of Faith.

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And how does getting 8 free Christmas (Christian) songs going to give someone cheer that doesn't celebrate Christian holidays?  To me, that's insulting and offensive.

 



Wow....take some prozac or zoloft or some other happy pill....the vast majority of the world celebrates the Christmas holiday. Even those that aren't Christian. In fact I barely think it qualifies as a religious holiday at all it has become so commercialized. Besides, many of the songs listed aren't religious at all...If you don't want the songs then don't download them. That is your choice. Just like it's Apple's choice to give these particular songs away for free.

why don't you?  I don't take drugs.  Do you?

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those 20 minutes worth of music is the perfect amount of time; that's usually how long it takes our holiday family gatherings to degenerate to someone using the turkey for protection. now we'll know just when to start the mayhem. thanks, apple!
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I was just thinking that giving away 8 free songs of the person's choice would be better than just Christmas songs, and then a bunch of Christians get their panties in a bunch over it.    Most of the holidays like Halloween, Easter, etc. are Pagen holidays anyways masqueraded as Christian holidays

 

So you think ganging up on people is right?  I just think they should just give people 8 song credits and that's what would be a BETTER alternative and I see NOTHING wrong with that.  


What if they didn't give out Christmas songs, but instead only gave out Jewish songs, or Hindu songs, or just Muslim songs?  Or how about only gave out Gangster Rap songs?

 

Christians would get bent out of shape if they only gave out free songs from another religion they didn't belong to and didn't give out Christian related songs.

Christmas is about as pagan as it gets. Locked right onto the date of the Winter Solstice ain't no accident (granted that's more Mithraic than outright pagan)… nor are all those "evergreens".

 

As to what a company decides to give away free? Completely up to them. Now if they'd auto-downloaded and started to play on an uninterruptible endless loop? Largely different story.

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I am sticking to facts.  Religions are described as Religious Cults.  Religious Cults use brainwashing tactics. What do you think Dogma is?  It's a form of brainwashing.   FACT.  You think they hand out things like Wine (a psycho-active drug) because it's healthy?  It's used to put one's brain into a state where it's easily manipulated and it is the basis for an addiction.

 



LMAO...Thank you for continuing to post on here and giving me my comic relief for the day. I never knew the point of communion in church (where many churches use grape juice and not wine BTW) was to get me liquored up to be more reseptive to brain washing. Thanks for the valuable insight. Next time I will wear my tin foil hat to protect me...
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And how does getting 8 free Christmas (Christian) songs going to give someone cheer that doesn't celebrate Christian holidays?  To me, that's insulting and offensive.

 



Wow....take some prozac or zoloft or some other happy pill....the vast majority of the world celebrates the Christmas holiday. Even those that aren't Christian. In fact I barely think it qualifies as a religious holiday at all it has become so commercialized. Besides, many of the songs listed aren't religious at all...If you don't want the songs then don't download them. That is your choice. Just like it's Apple's choice to give these particular songs away for free.

I know it's been commercialized. It's been commercialized to the point where most people don't even know what else to do, so they feel brainwashed as a result.

 

Just because something is popular, doesn't mean it's high quality, positive, right, or good for society.  

 

Ganging up on someone that doesn't believe in YOUR religion is a form of bullying and it isn't right.  

 

I  am not planning on downloading them.  All I did was find another way that would make EVERYONE happy that has an iTunes account rather than just a subset.  What's wrong with that?   Because it doesn't promote YOUR religion?  To me, it just sounds like you and others like yourself are major hypocrites.

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why don't you?  I don't take drugs.  Do you?

 



No I don't, but then again, I don't get completely bent out of shape because a company is giving away something I don't want for free....
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why don't you?  I don't take drugs.  Do you?

 



No I don't, but then again, I don't get completely bent out of shape because a company is giving away something I don't want for free....

All lI did was to recommend giving away 8 free songs of the person's choice rather than only Christian songs.  What's wrong with that?

 

If they gave out 8 free songs, would you download only Christian related songs or the songs they are handing out, or would you decide to get other songs?

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All lI did was to recommend giving away 8 free songs of the person's choice rather than only Christian songs.  What's wrong with that?

 

If they gave out 8 free songs, would you download only Christian related songs or the songs they are handing out, or would you decide to get other songs?

 



I wouild dowload different songs. I don't care anything about any of the songs they are giving away free. But I don't find it insulting in the least. Neither would I find it insulting if they gave away Muslim songs around an Islam holiday, or Jewish songs around one of their holidays.

I just think if you find this offensive and insulting, then your skin is a little too thin and you are WAY too easily offended and insulted.

To imply that they are giving out the wrong free stuff is just ridiculous. They have an app of the week every week too. If they gave me the choice of dowloading any app for free each week, I would most likely chose a different app than the app of the week; however, I have never been insulted because I did not get to chose which app I got for free.
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I don't see it. Is this another example of Apple thinking the world ends at the US border?

 

Well, I’ve heard of Airstrip One being called the 51st state, but I didn’t know that we’d actually annexed it and held music venues there for the last few years.

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I am sticking to facts.  Religions are described as Religious Cults.  Religious Cults use brainwashing tactics. What do you think Dogma is?  It's a form of brainwashing.   FACT.  You think they hand out things like Wine (a psycho-active drug) because it's healthy?  It's used to put one's brain into a state where it's easily manipulated and it is the basis for an addiction.

 



LMAO...Thank you for continuing to post on here and giving me my comic relief for the day. I never knew the point of communion in church (where many churches use grape juice and not wine BTW) was to get me liquored up to be more reseptive to brain washing. Thanks for the valuable insight. Next time I will wear my tin foil hat to protect me...

Well, a lot of them still use Wine and I've actually heard some of them act like it's the blood of Jesus. Like Jesus was an alcoholic.  Didn't he go around trying to tell people NOT to get drunk?  But wasn't it the sinners (Christians) that crucified him?  It wasn't the Jews that did it, that's been proven and admitted by the Catholic Church decades ago.  To me, it's just too much BS for me to deal with.  But unfortunately, there are too many brainwashed individuals that get bent out of shape over it for no reason.  I just get sick of it being promoted and almost forced on people. I'm sure Jesus would object to the amount of commercialism and money that's being made from a religion that uses his name that even he didn't create.  

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