If an artist is going to do a limited release of that kind and not offer downloads to purchase as an alternative, (as far as I'm concerned) they're asking to be ripped off via piracy. I get the appeal of limited releases, but why piss off your listeners by not allowing them to hear your work. To collectors, downloads have no trading value, unlike a physical product, so they shouldn't be considered the same thing.
Allow me to rephrase a bit
"If Apple is going to release Logic only for Apple Computers and not offering to purchase it for Windows too, they're asking to create angry customers
(of course, the piracy issue doesn´t work here...lol). I get the appeal of Mac´s, but why piss off your customers by not allowing them to work with your program on a PC?"
For this example, is Apple now "devil" for you because it isn´t acting the way you would like to have it?
I hear and understand that you would love companies (or labels) just following the rules and wishes of (individual) customers, but if you run a company/label or whatever you have to follow first your personal believes/intentions and not "running behind" each personal wish from outside.