iTunes Canada: Good news and bad news

Apple: iTunes - Videos

First the bad news. I can't get to the video store (music videos or TV shows) in the Canadian iTunes music store. (The page analogous to the one linked above doesn't exist on right now) I can't say I'm surprised, it's obviously asking too much to be able to have digital content cross borders legally.

The good news, I guess, is that one Nickelback album is now available on the iTunes music store. Their recent album "All the Right Reasons" is the #1 album in iTMS Canada, and their single Photograph is the #1 song.

Back to the bad news. Why isn't Apple being forthcoming about this? The "Videos" link on the iTunes page of goes to the podcasting page. Do they have absolutely no plans or ETA for having this content available here? I also noticed the iTunes Canada home page has a link to download iTunes 6, but the iTunes section of (including the download page) is for iTunes 5.

Now the iPod page: "With support for up to 150 hours(4) of video and a 2.5-inch color display, the new iPod lets you take music videos and TV shows on the road."

... "Watch video podcasts, music videos and your favorite TV shows." "With MPEG-4 and H.264 video support and a 6.35 cm (2.5-inch) colour display, the new iPod lets you watch up to 150 hours of video(3)."

... "Watch video podcasts and your favourite music videos."

I guess that just about says it. We don't get to play. Damn. I was looking forward to buying shows for my kids to watch on the Mac mini we bought. It took around 19 months for iTMS to get to Canada, another 10.5 months to get the a popular Canadian rock band's music on the store... I don't even want to wager a guess as to when we'll finally get music videos and TV shows. Hopefully it's right around the corner but I'm not holding my breath.

Oh, and that new iMac is freaking cool. Unfortunately it doesn't come with Quicken 2006 like it does in the US (maybe the CDN version isn't out yet?), but it does still come with Front Row and the built-in iSight. Thanks Apple!

Written on October 12, 2005