“Lost” in iTunes: good and bad news

There’s good news and bad news. First the good: Steve Jobs just issued a wake-up call to the movie industry. He already has shown everyone how to sell music (fixed price, basic DRM, no limits on burning) and hopes to do the same with video. The new iPod video looks great, and is clearly gonna end up on my desk in the near future.

The bad news: all that “Lost“, “Desperate housewives“, Pixar, Disney, ABC eye candy is not for us Europeans (apparently not even for all Americans either – digitalmusic.weblogsinc.com). Which makes me feel like that great “When Harry Met Sally” song (Harry Connick Jr.)

They’re selling shows of “Lost”, but not to me.
at a very modest cost, but not to me.
I’d love to see them play
I even want to pay
I guess there’s just no way but on TV.

It would be cool to know within the day
Is Sawyer just a prick, or is he gay,
How long can Jack resist,
to grab Kate and french kiss?
I guess it’s not for me.

(grab a guitar and join in: “Not for me“)

I hope that when digital cinema breaks through, films can be released worldwide at the same time and this whole US-first, Europe-afterwards mentality changes. It would reduce a lot of the BitTorrent traffic too. When “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” opens here in Nov 2004, 8 months after the release in the USA, it is only normal that people who hear the buzz and want to see the movie will find other ways (maybe even -gasp- illegal ones) to see it. It’s a global market now, guys. Wake up!


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