Two weeks ago we reported that a man sued Apple after finding out that the US$22.99 he paid for a season pass of Breaking Bad was only good for the final season's first eight episodes.
In truth, the final season of Breaking Bad is 16 episodes long but was divided up into two installments of eight episodes as a means to grant the show's creators ample time to map out an exciting and creatively satisfying conclusion for the Emmy award-winning series.
In light the mix-up, Apple late on Monday began informing folks who purchased a season pass for the fifth season of Breaking Bad that they are entitled to a refund in full in the form of a $22.99 iTunes credit.
The email sent out by Apple reads:
Dear Customer, We apologize for any confusion the naming of "Season 5" and "The Final Season" of Breaking Bad might have caused you. While the names of the seasons and episodes associated with them were not chosen by iTunes, we'd like to offer you "The Final Season" on us by providing you with the iTunes code below in the amount of $22.99. This credit can also be used for any other content on the iTunes Store. Thank you for your purchase.
Detailed instructions for redeeming the code can be found athttp://support.apple.com/kb/ht1574.
It's a classy move by Apple, especially when they could have just as easily passed the blame onto AMC and / or Sony.
It's also worth pointing out that show creator Vince Gilligan and everyone associated with the show have always referred to the final eight episodes of this season as being part of the show's fifth and final 16-episode long season. Consequently, it's easy to see why fans who purchased a season pass felt ripped off.
Apple's refund offer notwithstanding, keep in mind that the final 16 episodes of Breaking Bad are still divided up into two separate seasons on iTunes, but per Apple's email above, it's clear that this isn't Apple's call.
The final episode of Breaking Bad is set to air next Sunday and promises to be a 75-minute doozy. If you're a fan of the show, you might also be interested to read how Apple's innovation, like Gus Fring, often hides in plain sight.
Thanks to Josh P for the tip!