Trouble in the Opera Corner of iTunes Land

07/25/2012 05:15 pm ET | Updated Sep 24, 2012

Hello opera fans. Now I don't normally do short little posts like this, but I would like to tell you all about something weird (and possibly funny) about the iTunes opera selection.

So as you may have noticed, the Met has added some of their HD broadcasts to iTunes. Now, you can enjoy a performance for more than the price of Met Opera on Demand and a day at the movies combined. Yippee!

In an effort I assume is used to make more money, they have added an HD option or when and if you want to buy these broadcasts. Please look below for an example.


Please draw your attention away from Elīna Garanča almost getting stabbed (or seduced... he could go either way) by Roberto Alagna and to the things in red I so lovingly circled for you. Here is my confusion:

  1. The program specifications at the top of the page next to the rating say the program is in HD.
  2. The cover picture for the film says it's in HD.
  3. The purchase and rental column says you must pay more for the HD option.
So does it come in HD or not? What does it even mean?



Now a lot of you may say this is insignificant... I got some of that when I posted my Dessay Traviata Ad revelation but c'est las vie. Enjoy and be wary of your Met iTunes purchases, dear readers. I fell into the trap and bought the Madama Butterfly... because it was awesome.

That is all.