So I just went to the iTunes Store to purchase the new Elders of Zion EP. Elders of Zion is the musical project of my friend and longtime collaborator Joel Schalit (who also has a new blog), and I was excited to get the album.
Now, normally I don’t buy from iTunes in general, since I don’t believe in purchasing music with DRM or that requires a specific platform to play (ie, what happens to the music and my rights to listen to it when Apple goes out of business?). But I made a special exception for Joel.
Except that his album is only for sale in the U.S. store, and I can only buy music from the Canadian store because my Apple account is registered in Canada. I could change my country for my Apple account, except that I have a bunch of applecare agreements on the same user ID that I wouldn’t want to screw up. Granted, this may be the fault of the label and not iTunes, but it’s disappointing either way.
Just another example of how the internet facilitates quick and easy exchange of music, and how some for profit enterprises — many of whom stand to profit mightily from it — are obsessed with finding new ways to control it.
1. I do hate the phrase “crippled content” which is a classically able-ist term. But I’m at a loss for how to properly insult digital content that would work except that some company has added some junk code or provision to make it harder to use — ostensibly to protect their profits. Suggestions?