The new 36 Crazyfists album comes out today. As happens on every Tuesday in the U.S., it’s not yet available at the iTunes Music Store. I wonder if Apple has an agreement with the record labels to delay a new release’s availability?
It makes sense to do that; the hardcore fans* of [whatever gay-ass “indie”-sounding poofter band is popular at the time] will buy their new CD for the full retail price at a store the very day it’s released… instead of paying $9.99 at iTMS and downloading it.
Just a thought.
*Forget those people who don’t use iTunes/iTMS and/or don’t have a compatible playback device (read: iPod); they steal all their music for their crappy-ass MP3 players anyway… or are otherwise unwashed luddites.
Update: As Doug points out in the comments, the new 36CF isn’t available in the U.S. yet… but that doesn’t discount the lag time imposed by Apple.