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First the Price of Gas, Now the Price of Music

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I’m sure you’ve heard by now–I’ve already seen the story on two local newscasts–that iTunes will be raising their prices come April. Apple made the announcement yesterday at their annual Macworld Conference and Expo (just imagine all the geeky brain power floating around in that room).

(left: Besides a 30 cents price increase, Apple also introduces the 69 cents bargain-bin price to iTunes).

Popular songs (aka: bangers, smash hits, bomb tracks, must-have singles, jammy jams) will increase from 99 cents to $1.29. Moderately popular songs (aka: NOT bangers, smash hits, bomb tracks, must-have singles, jammy jams) will stay at 99 cents, while certain album tracks will be available for 69 cents. Record companies will set the price range.

Tracks purchased on iTunes will also be free of any anti-copying restrictions, which means you can transfer them freely from computer to phone to hard-drive to any digital device you want without having to burn it onto a disc then reloading it onto your computer (yes). For those who want to retroactively strip existing songs of anti-copying restrictions, Apple said customers would be able to pay a one-time fee to do so.

The price increase marks a small victory for record labels who wanted to hike up Apple’s 99-cents-a-song standard for the last few years. With CD sales tanking again in 2008, the extra 30 cents a song will come in handy (last year 2.4 billion songs were sold through iTunes).

For those bummed about the price increase, keep in mind that 10 years ago, if you wanted track #6 and #11 on a certain album, you had to pay for the whole thing. And remember, you couldn’t buy a CD-single for less than $2.

And for those that rip all of their music through third-party music sharing sites, you don’t have a damn thing to worry about.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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