NOTE: Due to the same exams that made me prewrite the Monday, Wednesday, and Friday posts, I have decided to prewrite the Tuesday & Thursday posts as well for this week to be safe.
I decided to dedicate my first iTunes Tuesday post to famed iTunes Store holdouts, now that news has broken of a second holdout to storm the iTunes Store after The Beatles trailblazed this path back in November: The Smiths. Not terribly familiar with their music, but glad they’re on board nevertheless.
So, after The Beatles and The Smiths, who else? The main ones I can think of artist-wise are The Kinks, Kid Rock, Def Leppard, and the most famed holdout of all right now, AC/DC. For me, there are SOME AC/DC albums worth buying outright (Back In Black being one of them). However, there are the times when I don’t want to hear other songs on certain albums, such as Highway to Hell. If those songs are “thematically linked”, as Angus Young has so famously said, then why would you do a whole album themed around one song that is as iconic as you can get with AC/DC: Highway to Hell? What else can be said about a highway to Hell? Maybe I’m a naïve son of a gun, but that’s what you get with me.
Album-wise, I can think of several that still aren’t on the iTunes Store for one reason or the other. Main ones being Emmylou Harris’s Evangeline album from 1981 and Anne Murray’s Christmas Wishes album, also from 1981. Both have been seminal albums from me for quite some time, and while Christmas Wishes may be available in the Canadian iTunes Store (link is here), it is for some reason not available in the US iTunes Store! As far as the Evangeline album goes, to my knowledge it has never seen a rerelease on any other format, and it is my all time favourite Emmylou Harris album by far. Please, somebody figure out what’s going on with these two albums specifically! I’d really appreciate it, thanks.
As far as TV shows go, I can think of no worse offender in the holdout category than the show that many Imzadi fans will be saying “WHY isn’t this on iTunes?” before long, Star Trek: The Next Generation. Yep, that is one heck of a holdout. Maybe now we’ll get to see it, and I’d be thrilled to the core to be able to see all of the TNG episodes and the TNG movies (all of which are already up there, making me scratch my head even further).
There are other holdouts, of course, namely Unwrapped on Food Network, previous seasons of Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives as well as Down Home With The Neelys, more Giada de Laurentiis (Everyday Italian anyone?), any Nickelodeon game show (which may see the resurrection of the “Nick GAS” name for their eventual iTunes release), any Nickelodeon show that was live-action that isn’t on iTunes in the “Nick Rewind” channel, some of the lesser-known NickToons, the entirety of the Goodson-Todman game show library (including the Mark Goodson Productions later on, like Press Your Luck and Trivia Trap), Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, the Ellen DeGeneres Show (for those of us who think her “Ellen in a Minute” podcast is WAY too short), The Big Bang Theory (HUGE show for geeks, that’s a real head-scratcher as to why THAT’s not on the store now, especially as How I Met Your Mother IS for some reason), Mousercise, The Golden Girls, Mickey Mouse Club (any version will suffice), Dumbo’s Circus (obscure one from the early days of the Disney Channel, before the era of High School Musical), any of the Disney Afternoon shows, Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies, Garfield & Friends (featuring Desiree Goyette as Nermal and the late great Lorenzo Music as Garfield), and the list goes on from there. Hopefully we can see many, many more of these on the iTunes Store shortly.
As far as movies go, there are a few that are holdouts in a sense, although there aren’t that many. It’s mainly the older and more obscure Disney films such as The Three Caballeros (my favorite Disney film ever), Saludos Amigos, Make Mine Music (hopefully with the first sequence restored), Melody Time, Lady & The Tramp, et al for those parents who like iTunes’s selection of Disney/Pixar movies as babysitters for their little toddlers. (It was VHS tapes for me, hopefully that doesn’t carbon date me TOO much…)
Audiobooks, again not much, but I think that this is an untapped wonderland for Audible.com (who provides iTunes with its audiobook content) to re-record many audio books in unabridged format, such as the Dragonlance series, the Star Wars audiobooks prior to the more recent releases, anything by Gerald Durrell, etc.
iTunes U is also something of an untapped wonderland for many colleges and universities (such as my own Western Carolina University) that are already on there, as well as many smaller colleges and universities (including Brevard College, where I went to slightly aimlessly for five years or so off and on) who aren’t on there now, to really engage current students and really reach out to prospective students and those who just want to take college courses in something that only that particular university tends to offer. Perfect example: Only Brevard College tends to offer rather interesting courses in theatre and journalism. It’d be so perfect for me, as a former Brevard student, to ‘take’ these courses in a sense, but what I am really doing is auditing these courses online and watching the professors teach these classes.
As iTunes perfects its cloud-based services, I hope that iTunes U (as well as the rest of iTunes) continues to improve and get even better and maybe even one day become the awesome college complement it should have been from the start.