I’ve written before about my love affair with iTunes. While it’s not perfect, I think that it’s still the best damn solution for organizing and playing my media files… music, movies, tv shows, audio books… even e-books. It’s convenient, it syncs well with my iPhone and iPad… I just love it.
But lately I’ve begun to notice something in the iTunes store that is really starting to piss me off. Bundled-only music videos.
I download a lot of music videos. Some of them I get from torrents. Some of them I pay for through iTunes. It just depends on my mood at the time. Last night I decided that I wanted to download an iTunes copy of My Immortal by Evanescence. I already have a very nice copy that I downloaded years ago from torrents, but I wanted to have the iTunes version so I could stream it anywhere.
Turns out that the video in question is in the iTunes store… but they won’t sell it to you. Instead you have to buy a collection of songs, and then receive a half dozen of their older videos “for free”… So what should be a $2.29 purchase is now $24.99? Umm.. I don’t think so! I have no interest in any of the other videos, and certainly none of the songs!
This isn’t the first time that I’ve encountered this. Last week I decided that I wanted to download Sexy Back (don’t ask)… the edited version was available for the standard price, but the explicit version was only available as part of a package that I wasn’t willing to buy. So now I have to deal with the annoyance of sound that disappears for a split second while JT curses. Not cool.
What’s going on at Apple? If they want to be a content provider then they have to PROVIDE the content… not make it more difficult for the consumer. If they want to bundle a few goodies to make a collection look more attractive, great. But don’t prohibit us from being able to purchase the music we want. Not when it’s so easy to obtain through other means…