Windows Media Player Thinks George W. Bush Memoir is an Anti-Bush Album
How could this happen? Well, whenever you import an audio CD into your computer's library, your software will usually scan the information on the disc, send a query to a database (like Gracenote), and automatically display a tracklist. It's a generally accurate procedure, but every now and then, an album can get mislabeled, simply because certain software can confuse similarly named artists, or titles. And that, apparently, is what happened to Bush's memoir.
Whereas iTunes and other programs rely on Gracenote, Windows Media Player gathers its information from a data provider called AMG. Random House's Tina Constable initially hypothesized that a rogue user may have taken used the database's open source platform to insert his or her own snarky track titles on the Bush memoir. "The bottom line is that the hacker has taken advantage of the open source environment that is a part of all internet based media libraries," Constable wrote in an e-mail to Talking Points Memo. "We cannot control the internet nor Microsoft policy." But one TPM reader later pointed out that AMG "is most certainly not open source." Hmmm.
Whether it was the result of a prank or glitch, Constable reiterated that the problem only affects Windows Media Player users, and that there's nothing intrinsically wrong with the audiobook. "If someone has bought the audio version of 'Decision Points' and play it on the Windows Media Player, that spoofing may or may not occur," Random House's Tina Constable told Talking Points Memo. "But if you play it on iTunes, or you play it on Real or you play it on your own computer that's not linked to Windows Media Player than that issue doesn't occur. The product itself is not faulty and the product itself is fine." Phew!