The Raconteurs’ Album Out Earlier Than Expected (Thanks iTunes!)

We saw it with the Shins, now it’s happening again: Either someone at iTunes is enjoying “accidentally” leaking anticipated indie records before street date, or there are a few cracks in the Apple dam that may need inspecting. Today has become Consolers Of The Lonely day, thanks to a gaffe at iTunes that’s allowed a handful of Raconteurs fans to get the record early, even before the P2Ps got to it. If you try now you’ll see this…

…but of course at this point there’s more than one place to grab it. We feel bad, and all — the band tried so hard to surprise us with that out of the blue LP announcement to find the surprise ultimately is on them — but before Jack gets started this time at least he’ll know at least some money exchanged hands on this one.