My First iTunes Album

Eagle vs. Shark OST on iTunes
Eagle vs. Shark on iTMS

You should already know that I’m a huge fan of the upcoming Kiwi Komedy Eagle vs. Shark, and that the soundtrack for it is pretty awesome as well. What you may not know is that the OST is now available for purchase on the iTunes Music Store — just click on the graphic above or right here if you’ve got iTunes installed on the ‘puter you’re using to read this.

I was a bit bummed that my only option was to purchase the entire album and not individual tracks, which has been my practice ever since the iTMS was launched in Canada, so I set out to do something I haven’t done in more than two years… Go CD shopping!

And what a difference two years has made.

At the first shop I visited, the HMV in the Yonge Eglinton Centre, I was hard-pressed to find any music at all — almost all available shelf space was occupied by either DVDs or video games. And when I finally found the meagre soundtrack section I already knew I’d wasted my time.

At the downtown HMV Superstore the selection was a little better, but since my last visit the soundtracks had been banished to the third floor, with classical and jazz. And big surprise, there was no Eagle vs. Shark OST there, either…

Now amongst Torontonians there’s been a lot of hubbub about the closing of Sam The Record Man a couple of doors up. I too have fond memories of lining up for their Boxing Day sale, but don’t be duped into thinking that piracy is to blame — it’s the record cartels with their rootkits and filler material who are responsible for the sad state of affairs in offline music retail.

I’m hoping that this “album-only” business doesn’t become the norm for iTMS. Like any modern soundtrack, Eagle vs. Shark has its share of filler material… But at least I didn’t have to struggle with any damn shrink-wrap!

By Andrew

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  1. AC:

    I had a similar shock at the flagship HMV store downtown –all the music is upstairs, and the entire ground floor is now DVD country. I think the basement was being converted to games, which is also pushing music off the floor at other HMV and Future Shop locations.

    I buy music infrequently, but usually on CD (but I’ve never downloaded anything that wasn’t free, and I go to the indie music stores rather than to HMV or the other chains), but as a frequent DVD buyer, I really like the choices, plus you can find some gems marked down now and then.

    Win some, lose some, I suppose….


  2. Hey Ed,

    For the record, I don’t buy overpriced DRM-crippled DVDs either — most of the movies I watch are from Rogers Video Direct, a licensee of Canadian Netflix clone

    The only downside I can see to my buying and renting habits is that I don’t have my movie and music tastes on public display. I make up for this by ordering lots of hoity-toity books on Amazon that I never end up reading…

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