Apple to refund iTunes season pass purchases for the Breaking Bad finale

Apple to refund iTunes season pass purchases for the Breaking Bad finale
It's not really Apple's fault that AMC decided to milk the Breaking Bad TV series success by breaking the last season badly in two parts. Still, those who purchased the Season Pass on iTunes, were miffed they had to do it twice in order to watch the season finale.

Now Apple is stepping up, and will refund the Pass purchase in the form of a $23 gift card, easing the pain somewhat before the grand wrap-up this Sunday. 

If you have paid twice for Breaking Bad's last season, be advised that an iTunes gift card is coming your way. Save it to be applied towards the last season of Mad Men, which is also going to be broken in two - what's up with that, AMC?


source: BBC via Engadget

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11 Comments

1. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

"It's not really Apple's fault that AMC decided to milk the Breaking Bad TV series success by breaking the last season badly in two parts." - it's their fault though that they tried to sell two half grams of the blue meth as two grams and got caught by the DEA.

2. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Please go ahead and mail your complaints to the author of the articles from BBC, Engadget, and PA. Convince them that it's Apple's fault instead of AMC. Apple is doing a good deed here.

4. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 2013

No, it's not. "While the names of the seasons and episodes associated with them were not chosen by iTunes.." AMC's at fault, not Apple. On the other hand, Apple is being generous. Seriously, do you have to bash Apple for just everything? Even if they play some good moves like this one? Douchebag.

10. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

You people do realize that most of the series on today do the same thing. It started on USA Network, almost all of their series have both a summer and winter finale. Last season of The Walking Dead was also that way. But when you go to pick it up in a store, it's not sold in 2 parts, but as a single season. I agree with some of the others here. Itunes is essentially charging them twice for what should've been a single charge, and instead of refunding the money back to their bank so they can use it anywhere, gives them a gift card so that the money will still be spent at itunes. It makes no F-ing difference what they choose to call it, NO ONE has 2 seasons of a show in a single year. Even networks do this. Shows like Bones and Supernatural usually play for awhile, then play reruns for a month or two, and then air the rest of the episodes.

15. discoshrew

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

Well, the difference between those series and what AMC did with Breaking Bad, is that they separated the half-seasons by an entire year (summer 12 and summer 13), which typically classifies two seasons for a normal series, Hence iTunes' confusion/attempted milking. It'd be like Game of Thrones calling the upcoming season 4 the rest of season 3. If nets split a season, its the summer/winter thing like USA and ABCFam shows, or even Walking Dead does Oct-Dec, then Feb-April. AMC just wanted to milk the ratings and awards from Breaking Bad (and now Mad Men as well) across two years. They should have just made it two separate full seasons (or at least two 10-episode seasons).

19. duder52

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Two half seasons to milk ratings doesn't make any sense. Breaking Bad was allegedly supposed to be two full seasons of 13 episodes but AMC didn't want to pay for it. Similarly, they fired the writers of the Walking Dead after the first or second season because they didn't want to pay them. AMC has a history of going cheap. There should have been no itunes confusion, as it was well well WELL known that the last season of Breaking Bad was going to be split. So that was a sleezy move by apple. Apple should be refunding peoples money, not keeping it in the form of a gift card.

20. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Ok, were both called the final season? If so, then it's not the final 2 seasons, it's the final season. At the very least, itunes should've been charging them half since it was only half of the season. Itunes were advertising a season pass, not a half season pass. Were there more episdoes due to them splitting the season? If not then it's still the same amount of content but they're charging double. The problem is what if someone just got that season pass and are not otherwise an itunes user. I've done that in the past when those programs weren't available in my area. Now they need to find something they want so they don't lose that money. It's fine and dandy if you're full on into Apple's ecosystem.

3. xDrizzyXx

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 28, 2011

Dang, kinda late on the article, but that's really good!

8. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

They've been busy spinning their iPhone 5S (aka iPhone 4S++) stories, can't blame 'em; they're trying.

11. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Between your multiple profiles, do you just seek attention here? None in real life?

17. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Just let him be, trolling on Apple is all he has in life.

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