iTunes Sucks Compared to Pirated Videos

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iTunes is having trouble competing against the quality of pirated content. It's like déjà vu all over again when you're talking about movie downloads competing against pirated copies of the same films. Just like the old days of Napster and free music downloads running rampant because of the dearth of legal music downloads, piracy still gives you better results today.

In fact, pirated copies of movies and TV shows are often available in HD, in their original 16x9 format. Not so with a TV show or movie from iTunes: its sides are chopped off in 4x3, and it's not available in HD. Doesn't this remind you of the days of Napster, when there was no other way to legally download music? Legal video downloading is having a hard time keeping up. That's what the writer of the-ish.com/blog noticed as he compared one against the other:

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?

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Clearly, iTunes and the other download services have some catching up to do, or else it really will be déjà vu all over again. Could the upcoming peer-to-peer download service Joost have an solution for this recurring problem?

iTunes versus Pirating (Digg mirror) [the-ish.com/blog, via Digg]

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DISCUSSION

wait, why are tv shows considered pirated? i mean whats the difference from DVR'ing it and handin it out, or "taping it for a friend" back when VCR's still existed?

so are stores "pirating" stuff when they have a tv out on display? when i go to the bar and they are showing ESPN and every other sports channel, are they pirating it?

My local stations broadcast hd for all the major companys like abc and what not and you just need an antenna to get it, you dont have to buy cable, so those shows are considered pirated?

I think we need to sit down and have a long talk with these companys...or just kill all the stupid old people that come up with terms for things they dont understand.