I went on MSN this morning, to one of me e-friends (in America) wanting to find an album by the Kinks which wasn't available on the US iTunes. So I bought it (all £4.74's worth of it) as it WAS available on the UK iTunes, as a gift. Ofcourse, it didn't work. He sent me a track too, which wouldn't work, even though it was available on UK iTunes, it wasn't bought from it so wouldn't let me download it.
Why, in this international world, when things are in demand from all quarters as soon as they are mentioned: films, computer games, music, tv shows, so we have to wait for an age for their official local release?
Ok before you start, I know on games there are localization issues, with DVDs there can be NTSC/PAL issues which need to be resolved, etc, but I don't see why this delay between US and UK releases, or even Japan and UK releases is so par for the course. It shouldn't be like this dammit! I want something, say... CSI or Heroes, and I have to wait months and months to see it (unless I happen to come across it online someplace) where is the sense in that? Just frigging let me watch it! stick some UK ads on that shiz and let my eyeballs caress those pixels already.
If there was none of this delay between shows, people might still download them, but they would be far more likely to just use the path of least resistance, which SHOULD be the official release on the official website.
But anyway, going back to the iTunes thing. Shouldn't there be new licenses that are created for online content? If something is uploaded, it should be available to all the internets, not just the 'local' internet. Trying to cordon off certain areas of the internet is never going to work, people ALWAYS find a way around these things. proxy servers, downloading, youtube! I think the internet should maybe be its own realm, somehow.
Yeah, not sure how much sense this makes, but I think we can all agree iTunes is lame for being so 'no! I shan't download that!!'