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I feel for music pirates…

images.jpegLet me start by getting one thing straight.I do not download pirated music.  I use iTunes for legal purchases and, sometimes, regress to the nineties and buy CDs. One thing that annoys me is the difference in availability of music between the iTunes US and UK stores. This wouldn’t necessarily be a problem but it seems the US iTunes download chart appears everywhere I look, luring me into craving purchases I can’t make. Case in point: Gavin DeGraw, a singer-songwriter who lacks half the acclaim he should receive on this side of the pond. His new release is the top album on iTunes US right now, his 5 year-old debut album is the only thing available on the iTunes UK Store.It’s at times like these when I can see why the pirates do it. The lack of movies on the UK store has the same affect. Surely, digital downloads should level the playing field for release dates and availability? The digital world should be able to cater for worldwide launches and synchronised schedules. We’re happy to stay at our desks beyond six to see the new iPod launched at 9am in San Francisco so why can’t we see the same thing for entertainment media?It’s just a thought and it’s not enough to turn me into a P2P loving criminal just yet, but I do understand the pain of a pirate when they’re made to walk the plank like this.