Los Angeles Times - - SUNDAY CALENDAR - — Chris Bar­ton

Your MP3s: Re­mem­ber when Ap­ple’s ads made a com­puter choice feel like an artis­tic state­ment? The “Think Dif­fer­ent” days seem long gone as the com­pany en­ters the stream­ing mu­sic field with Ap­ple Mu­sic, a ser­vice mostly dis­tinc­tive for its im­pend­ing un­avoid­abil­ity if you use iTunes. For years Ap­ple sold dig­i­tal mu­sic, but you have to won­der how­much longer it will care about your pur­chases nowthat it courts truck­loads of cash in monthly rental fees. Stock up on CDs now. “Gameof Thrones” go­ing off-book: Given the re­al­i­ties of TV, HBO’s se­ries had to race ahead of Ge­orge R.R. Martin’s ges­tat­ing fan­tasy saga and into new di­rec­tions. Still, as an un­even fifth sea­son closes thisweek there are red flags, in­clud­ing rushed char­ac­ter shifts, a tire­some rep­e­ti­tion of cru­elty to women and, last­week, a dragon-as­sisted ac­tion se­quence that came to­gether with the CGI sub­tlety of “Clash of the Ti­tans.” Hope­fully the game can change.

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