Daft Punk: how much is too much?

I don’t know about you, but I see Daft Punk everywhere these days: their new album won’t be released until May 20, 2013, but they advertise ALOT.
I see them on each site running Google Adsense, and their 15-second teaser clip is inserted before each one of the videos I watch on Youtube. Don’t get me wrong, I love Daft Punk. I just don’t see the point of teasing so early and so much. I would probably appreciate it more if it were different teaser clips. I have had to listen to their clip so many times so I got sick of it, and probably won’t buy the album.

Instead, I will probably stick with people being creative and building their own tracks based on the 15-second teaser. And you can download it for free! Enjoy!

Since we’re talking about Adsense for Videos, do you know a way to ignore or block all ads from a specific source, like the Daft Punk channel in this case?

One reply on “Daft Punk: how much is too much?”

Yes, Jeremy, I do know of a way. One is fairly user-friendly, and the other is a little more technical.

The easy, user-friendly way is by way of the Adblock Plus browser extension. ABP allows you to build whitelists (allowed sites) and blacklists on your own, or you can subscribe to other users’ lists. It seems to me that Google won’t let you block its own ads, however, so if you’re using Chrome, ABP might not do much for you here.

The harder, more technical way is to alter your system’s hosts file. I don’t much care for advertising at all, so this was the method I chose, as it covers everything on my machine. See http://someonewhocares.org/hosts/ — all the instructions are there, including for most mainstream and slightly obscure operating systems. To sum up, the file will redirect all requests to the sites in the list to, i.e. your home computer. Copy the text (up to the last line with a # before it, this indicates a comment or to ignore the line) and save as per the instructions. I think you should be able to just refresh your browser to see it work. If need be, you can go back and alter this file to your own needs. As it stands, the file should block most advertising, spam, spyware and malware sites.

Please feel free to ask me if you need any help, or if you have questions.