Do you have concerns about the amount of dematerialisation we have? Electronic books, in various protocols, music and video in many different formats. Do you feel you own content when you can't actually hold it in your hands? Thanks to Jah.
Ah, the shift from physical to digital, ownership to licensed...
I prefer digital, since it's generally more convenient for me, but I am still inclined to buy physical... I'd rather buy the DVD and rip it than download the film, and I'm not sure that it's solely to do with price.
My stance is illogical, really, and I expect I'll be more digitally-inclined as the months roll on. I'm already used to downloading and installing software without owning the disks, so, as long as I can continue to make backups myself of content, I can certainly see myself moving towards this model for music and video too.
I would have to say I lack confidence in the digital ownership scheme.
Software for my Phone and some for my computer I will buy online and backup myself (never paying the extra charge to future downloads) because the overall investment is small. Big stuff, like Adobe Creative Suite (AU$1000+) I will always insist on physical media for.
As for entertainment, it is CD/DVD/BD all the way. I wouldn't want to rely on another entity to keep track of what I own, and where I should use it. I wouldn't want to buy a movie just for my iPod, then buy it again to watch it on my Television. You couldn't use the same media file for all players; very few portable media players would support a 25Gb movie.Besides, who's to say that there servers are secure enough against attack that you might find out that your purchase records have been wiped out.
I am firmly in the physical ownership camp. I'm very happy to download, but I have to have backups otherwise that OCD twitch starts again!
I'm the opposite. I haven't bought a CD in maybe 7 years, or a DVD in about 2 years.
Music, photos and films are digital media for me now, full stop.
I have a Kindle too, and love it, but I *do* still buy reall, physical books too - and have no intention of stopping any time soon.
About the only thing I insist on physical media is Blu ray. That's mainly practical plus you rarely get the extra stuff in a download. Movies that I buy are always Blu ray. TV series tend to be DVD if we're keeping them just because of download size.
Music is always download. Books, magazines, and news are almost always downloads.
I'm far less concerned about App DVDs than I used to be. With multiple backups and PDF manuals, the only difference is that piece of plastic. I always keep the original download file in case it's needed again.
As for owning the content, I feel the same as I did with the physical. Of course most is licensed anyway, so it doesn't matter.
plus you rarely get the extra stuff in a download
I wonder how many people want/value the "extras" on a DVD. I've been through and ripped my entire collection, and have only taken the main features; these are all I ever watched when I used the discs, so it made no sense to extract them when creating digital copies - for me, they are just filler!
I don't actually buy that many movies, so the ones I do buy, I usually like to see the behind the scenes stuff. Granted, I only watch the extras once.
That said, I expect that those extras will eventually be available online for a small price.
Boy, I'm all over the map on this one.
It is great to be able to carry my complete music collection in my iPod Classic - over 11,000 MP3's - and yes they are all my mine - many recorded over from lp's and cassette - but I must admit there is the satisfaction of having the physical media as well.
Same with my iPad. It carries the equivalent of about 40 book shelves of manuals and novels - some as reference, others as reading material that I may never get through.
And yet there are trade off's. I am not comfortable with the cloud. For example, between my iPhone and my iPad, there are inconsistencies with entires in my contacts which are be entrusted to our good friends at Google.
I have had my second hard disk die in as many years. Good thing I am obsessed in having triple back up's of all my precious data.
There is a lot to be said about the compromise of digital media. Pixilation in blowing up pictures, loss of audio quality in digitizing music.
It comes down to convenience over quality for me I guess. in a case of an emergency, I can evacuate in a matter io minutes with all my precious media in my back pack, (including tens of thousands of digital images, scanned from four generations of my family).
I do have my own concerns over dematerialisation though I like the benefits as well - space saving, convenience and so on. I'm pretty all over the place with no consistency yet - 90% of music I still buy on CD, but then rip straight away and rarely pick up the CD again. Films are still DVD only but I'd consider digital as I'm not particular precious about these. As for books I'm staying firmly with paper. I can see how ebooks suit some people but for me I'm never in a place where I need to access to multiple books.
@Neil - If a film is particularly of interest, I will watch the extra features, and the Directorial commentry track has been on occassion very facinating to listen to.Although, like Bob, I don't recall ever viewing them more than once.
The other thing is, I like having them on the shelf to select from. Downloads don't come with a case, and for the more upmarket ones, supplimentary materials.
As I'm not very settled I like being able to take all my media with me on my hard drive, my back up drive and/or my computer. I'm fairly minimalist and I like to keep things simplest the moment.
Simplest = simple:-/
I have bookcases filled with books, DVDs and CDs. I have a tangible collection I can hold and see. Much better.
In the back of my mind I have a dream that I can one day buy an RV and drive all around America in it. If I do that, a "virtual" collection of photos/music/books/movies will be much better for me than a tangible collection. My only worry is keeping a back up of the back ups!