Apple concludes '12 Days of Gifts' with Rolling Stones mini album

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in iPhone edited January 2014
For its final freebie of this year's "12 Days of Gift" promotion, Apple gave users a mini album of three songs from The Rolling Stones' concert film "Sweet Summer Sun -- Hyde Park Live," which was recorded in 2013.

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The trifecta of tunes includes "Tumbling Dice," "Doom & Gloom" and the newly added "Beast of Burden," each performed live during the Stones' 2013 concert series in London's Hyde Park.

While not labeled a soundtrack, the album's cuts are taken from the band's live two-concert performance, which was filmed and subsequently released as a movie last year.

"Sweet Summer Sun" officially brings Apple's "12 Days of Gifts" promotion to a close. For 2013, users in the U.S., Europe and Canada were offered songs, apps, movies, e-books and more through the 12 Days of Gifts iOS app.

An annual holiday tradition, the "12 Days" digital content giveaway was previously restricted to parts of Europe and Canada. This year, however, Apple extended the promotion to U.S. customers for the first time.

After releasing Lorde's latest single as a teaser gift in mid-December, Apple kicked off "12 Days of Gifts" with a collection of Justin Timberlake tracks recorded live from this year's iTunes Festival in London.

Those interested in picking up "Sweet Summer Sun -- Hyde Park Live" can do so via the free 12 Days of Gifts app or directly from the iTunes Store. As with the previous 12 gifts, Monday's release will be available for the next 24 hours.
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  • Reply 1 of 50
    zabazaba Posts: 226member
    12 useless gifts. OK they are free. You can't please everyone. I would prefer to choose my own. How about Free iTunes Store credits for all those loyal customers who have contributed to Apples huge stockpile of cash? How about giving something back? OK Don't, give it to the shareholders they obviously are more important than the rest of us.
  • Reply 2 of 50
    mauszmausz Posts: 242member
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    Originally Posted by zaba View Post



    12 useless gifts. OK they are free. You can't please everyone. I would prefer to choose my own. How about Free iTunes Store credits for all those loyal customers who have contributed to Apples huge stockpile of cash? How about giving something back? OK Don't, give it to the shareholders they obviously are more important than the rest of us.

     

    I think Tiny Thief is a nice game, but that's 1 out of 12 for me this year. MrCrab was a disappointment, and the rest of the gifts were media for which I have other sources.

  • Reply 3 of 50
    hydrhydr Posts: 146member

    Worst gifts ever. Won´t bother next year.

    Blah blah blah free - I don´t care. Apple was cheap this year.

  • Reply 4 of 50

    For a company that has that much money Apple surely is a cheap bastard.

  • Reply 5 of 50
    richlrichl Posts: 2,213member
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    Originally Posted by xtacee1990 View Post

     

    For a company that has that much money Apple surely is a cheap bastard.


     

    And that's assuming that it's Apple paying for the gifts. My experience is that it's the content providers who have to take the hit.

     

    Still, I'm pretty happy with Home Alone. Thanks Apple/20th Century Fox!

  • Reply 6 of 50
    crowleycrowley Posts: 5,448member
    Thanks Apple! I didn't download all of them, but any gifts are appreciated.

    I didn't get much of anything from any other multinational corporations this year, so don't have much time for the ingrates.
  • Reply 7 of 50
    mauszmausz Posts: 242member
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    Originally Posted by Crowley View Post



    Thanks Apple! I didn't download all of them, but any gifts are appreciated.



    I didn't get much of anything from any other multinational corporations this year, so don't have much time for the ingrates.

     

    I'm getting "free" games with my Xbox Live Gold and Playstation+ subscriptions on a regular basis. Also got some free cloud storage from both Google and Microsoft but those are limited periods so do not count.

     

    I would say the Xbox Live Gold games I got were old too, but so was Home Alone ;)

  • Reply 8 of 50
    In the U.S. they had Hugo (instead of Home Alone). Hugo, IMHO, is a pretty good movie. One of the few things that I downloaded.
  • Reply 9 of 50

    It's amazing how much people complained about free stuff this year.  You aren't owed anything!  If you don't like the free stuff, don't download it.  The Sesame Street Season 43 episode that was given away a couple days ago got its rating hammered (like 4x more 1 stars than any other rating) because people were mad that they didn't get something better for free.   Now parents who are actually looking for good entertainment for their children may worry about the quality of the program which isn't reflected at all in its rating.  Why have we become such a society of entitlement??

  • Reply 10 of 50
    Hugo was the only gift I downloaded. But the amount of bitching over something that was free was disgusting. If you like it, download it, if not, check back tomorrow. But leaving bad reviews for the app because it wasn't what you wanted is unconscionable.
  • Reply 11 of 50
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 6,163member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by zaba View Post



    12 useless gifts. OK they are free. You can't please everyone. I would prefer to choose my own. How about Free iTunes Store credits for all those loyal customers who have contributed to Apples huge stockpile of cash? How about giving something back? OK Don't, give it to the shareholders they obviously are more important than the rest of us.

     

    And guys  like you yammer about how greedy Apple is. Look in the mirror.

  • Reply 12 of 50
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 6,163member
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    Originally Posted by xtacee1990 View Post

     

    For a company that has that much money Apple surely is a cheap bastard.


     

    And what did Samsung give you this year?

  • Reply 13 of 50
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 6,163member

    This thread is a microcosm of the state of our culture. Bitching about freebies? Really? You people are disgusting.

  • Reply 14 of 50
    mauszmausz Posts: 242member
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    Originally Posted by lkrupp View Post

     

    This thread is a microcosm of the state of our culture. Bitching about freebies? Really? You people are disgusting.


     

    It's all about precedent, last year they did offer some nice apps, so this year (with an even bigger stockpile of cash) and giving away the iWork and iLife suite for free with new iPhones some of us expected more (I could also state it would have been nice to offer it for free for every ios7 upgrader on their announcement, but they're free to give away what they want).

     

    They are not just giving away gifts, they offer a special gift app which raises expectations even more.

     

    One big plus, next year, I'm not expecting anything so should be happy again with whatever they gift.

  • Reply 15 of 50
    shogunshogun Posts: 360member
    Who's complaining about us complaining about free stuff. Here: it's a gift for you -- my old socks. What? You're complaining? Exactly. These gifts were lame. Better to give nothing than to give 12 Days of Crap.
  • Reply 16 of 50
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    Originally Posted by lkrupp View Post

     

     

    And what did Samsung give you this year?


    Well I didn't give Samsung money for 1 macbook pro, 1 ipad mini 1st gen, 1 iphone 5, 1 macbook air and 2 ipad mini retina.

  • Reply 17 of 50
    The sense of entitlement is just mind boggling.
  • Reply 18 of 50
    zabazaba Posts: 226member
    lkrupp wrote: »
    And guys  like you yammer about how greedy Apple is. Look in the mirror.
    I don't yammer much, but I have removed all the mirrors in the house, so perhaps I do. Thanks for your response though.
  • Reply 19 of 50
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,315member
    Originally Posted by zaba View Post

    12 useless gifts. OK they are free. You can't please everyone. I would prefer to choose my own. How about Free iTunes Store credits for all those loyal customers who have contributed to Apples huge stockpile of cash? How about giving something back? OK Don't, give it to the shareholders they obviously are more important than the rest of us.



    Originally Posted by hydr View Post

    Worst gifts ever. Won´t bother next year. Blah blah blah free - I don´t care. Apple was cheap this year.

     

    How stupid can you people be? Honestly. Answer the question. Where do you get off? 

     

    Originally Posted by mausz View Post

    this year… …giving away the iWork and iLife suite for free… …some of us expected more


     

    See, I don’t get that. It had nothing whatsoever to do with this promotion.

  • Reply 20 of 50
    @zaba
    "How about giving something back?" they did already. you gave them cash and they gave you a product or service in return.

    ok, i'm just teasing here.. I agree, Apples 12 days this year were absolute pants. They would have ben better off not doing it. Giving away something, thats already worthless, for free can do more PR damage than doing nothing at all.
    no one is giving out about M$ at the moment and their crappy gifts, because they didn't give anything.

    Other years were very good with at least 6 or 7 of the gifts being quite good.

    Hope they analyse download stats compared to last year and decide to review it for next year,
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