iTunes versus Pirating
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.
But what it really comes down to for me is this: If i get LESS INFORMATION from my legal purchase, if i cant even get widescreen (much less HD) then why should i be purchasing instead of pirating?
I’ve sent Apple an email letting them know that i am dissatisfied with my purchase, that i believed it to be misrepresented product, that no where on the iTS does it tell me that my purchased copy of the season is a stripped down, cut off version of the show. I’ve asked for a refund.
I’d much rather legally purchase the season, i’d much rather they just give me an alternate download link for the 16×9 version, but we’ll see how they respond.
It doesn’t seem like a stretch for Apple to start selling at least 720p versions of their video offerings. It should happen soon, but until then, i do not want to pay full price for only 4/5ths of the show.