iTunes versus Pirating

(Shawn's Comment: I feel the article writer's pain. While I can't be bothered pirating DVD's, I also can't be bothered with buying TV shows, let alone movies, off of the iTMS. We've bought some episodes of Battlestar Galactica, Lost and Heroes and the quality was pretty bad.)

I’ve purchased a number of things from the iTunes Store. Music and TV shows primarily, and I’ve been pretty happy with the ease of use and quality of my purchases… The problem i have, though is that television shows such as Lost, which are broadcast in a 16×9 aspect ration HD, when purchased from the iTunes Store, are only 4×3.

As you can see in the above image, by purchasing the episode from iTunes rather than just pirating it, i actually get less of the show. …and to be honest, pirating this episode took maybe 2 to 3 minutes more work.

The downfall of pirating, though, is that iTunes (and therefore most likely AppleTV) doesn’t not play friendly with DIVX, but then on the plus side, there’s no DRM. I can convert my pirated copy to any format i want, burn it to DVD, extract clips, scrub through frame-by-frame, etc.

Sounds to me like legality, and even the convenience of auto-downloads, are having a hard time competing with pirating.

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