Star Trek Into Darkness beams down three weeks early on iTunes

If it seems like of anticipated media releases have been seeing early availability in iTunes recently, you're not wrong. Following a few early-release free streams of upcoming albums, the summer sci-fi blockbuster Star Trek Into Darkness has landed in the iTunes Store three weeks before its general release elsewhere.

Available as a $19.99 HD download (or $14.99 if you feel like punishing yourself with a standard definition copy is worth the five dollar savings), we expect that the much more affordable rental option won't be available until the actual September 10th release date. Right now it looks like the Star Trek Into Darkness early release is only available to US and Canadian iTunes customers.

So set off with Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and Dr. McCoy to capture the terrorist John Harrison and take down a conspiracy that's eating away at the soul of Starfleet from its very core. Into Darkness might not be the Star Trek of old, but that doesn't mean it's not an entertaining sci-fi romp replete with great action, amazing graphics, witty dialogue, and maybe a few too many tributes.

And be sure to check out the Star Trek-themed Ad-Hoc podcast episode from shortly after the theater premiere of Into Darkness where Rene, Georgia, and Derek are joined by iOS developer Guy English, Clayton Morris of Fox News, and The Verge's Bryan Bishop. Lens flares not included.