One thing I found really odd was that yesterday the 17th iTunes said it would check for iPhone updates on the 18th. However, now today the 18th, it says it will check for updates tomorrow. Could this be a sign because usually it checks once a week?
no, dammit! the update is not coming today and iTunes doesn't know magically in advance of when it will come out. expect it on the 28th of this month. no freakin sooner... and don't expect it to have any surprises, just the wifi store adn whatever else you've already seen. it's almost a worthless update unless you are excited to buy songs when you are away from your computer.
That is your opinion. Many do not mind paying for music and supporting their artist. Yes, a good portion of that money goes to the greedy record labels and not to the artist, but it is still good to help the people who offer their work and to support them.