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'Lost' in iTunes

3 Nov, 2005 By: Jessica Wolf

I'm digging Apple's deal with Disney to provide episodes of “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives,” among other shows, via iTunes.

The company this week announced sales of one million video downloads in 20 days. I am here to admit that I am personally responsible for five of those … and likely to be responsible for more in the future.

Now, I am a loyal iTunes shopper/browser anyway. I love to look at all the playlists people set up; it's so satisfyingly voyeuristic.

I don't, however, own a video iPod, but still this deal Apple scored has given me my “Lost” fix I have been lacking since the second season started.

I was taking a six-week class at UCLA, which started the same week the season premeired. I am ashamed to admit that the fact that this class I really wanted to take coincided with the best veg-out TV night actually made me pause a bit before I made the commitment and signed up.

Seriously. Before I paid for the class I made sure that my most TIVO-happy friend would save all the episodes I was going to miss, copy them on tape and mail them to me. From Oregon. Yes. I am that much of a nerd.

I remember thinking, “wow, this will be even better, I can watch the episodes I missed back-to-back, just like on DVD!”

And then came iTunes.

It's almost like Apple's deal was tailor-made to remedy my situation.

Last week, I went in. I saw that I could order all five episodes I missed and download them in a bundle or chose episode-by-episode. I went for the latter. I'm not sure why. I think I thought I would just watch one or two on the computer, then still have my Oregonian friend send the tapes and watch the rest.

Yeah, well, that went out the window. I became addicted.

I downloaded episode one. It took about 10 minutes. After that, it took me a few more minutes to fiddle around with the viewer window and figure out how it works.

Then Voila! I was “Lost” again!

I immediately downloaded episode two, then three, then four … well you get the picture. You can even buy the whole first season and download it for $34.99.

It was almost as nice as watching it on DVD.

I think this could really catch on, especially for single lonely people like myself. Sure, it's kind of a bummer to try to watch something on a tiny screen or a computer if you have other people with you.

But if you are looking to kill time and entertain yourself, it is quite nifty.

I highly recommend everyone give it a shot, just to test it out. It really does feel like the wave of the future.

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