kidcharles writes: The Eagles have opted to distribute their first full studio album in 28 years exclusively through Wal-Mart and their website, bypassing the traditional studio system (and iTunes) entirely. Wal-Mart carries the physical CD's, but the double album is also available for download directly from their website in two formats, 256 kbps MP3 for $10.88 and lossless FLAC for $11.88. The album sold more than 700,000 copies during its first week, easily topping the Billboard 200. It is the first album not released to traditional retailers to be eligible for a Billboard ranking.
Rothfuss writes: "I actually opened and read one of the 'Updates to my Customer Agreement Terms and Conditions' that I received from Verizon today. I have no idea why. This one explains that they will be upgrading my service by assuming (unless I tell them otherwise) that I am willing to let them sell my Customer Proprietary Network Information or give it to anyone they choose. Apparently that will help me. However, the FCC won't let them do this without your permission — like, for example *not* calling them and opting out. If you are a Verizon customer and would like to opt out, you can do so by calling 1-800-333-9956. Ask to speak to Mr. Prosser."