Mall Santas, ‘rollover’ data, and our most-wanted gifts on The CultCast



Merry CultCast, boys and girls! This week: Santa gets a little “grabby”; Apple wins a major lawsuit; our iPhones deserve “rollover” data plans; the incredibly low payouts artists get from Spotify; and the high-end gifts we really want but will never get on an all-new Get To Know Your Cultist.

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Links to today’s stories

Apple wins at last: iTunes DRM was ‘genuine improvement,’ jury finds

T-Mobile’s Un-carrier 8.0 plan is rollover minutes for your data

Bose plans to take on Beats with its own music streaming service

Leander loves this story on the state of the music industry

The expensive Christmas gifts we’ll never get

Leander is drooling over this $16,000 road bike

Alex and Erfon want to find this $1300 Fuji X100T camera under their tree

Buster wants the new $2000 full-frame A7 II from Sony

This $3000 electric bicycle Erfon wants will have you blasting up hills like rocketman

Leander wants a 4K tele but needs to convince his wife

Erfon drove the BMW i3 at CES this year, and if can muster $40,0000 he’s gonna buy it


CultCast #158 – On Your Left!

On The CultCast this week

Leander Kahney – Cult of Mac Editor-in-Chief, loyal subject of the Queen.
Buster Heine – Cult of Mac writer and community manager.
Erfon Elijah – Cult of Mac writer and host of The CultCast.


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