What’s more convenient than downloading a digital movie? Buying a code online, driving to a box, getting a disc, and then downloading a movie and then throwing away some trash. The whole reason I go to Redbox is to get a high-quality physical media disc for a second rate movie. I cringe when I watch a movie on demand or Netflix because of buffering and pixelation of the dark backgrounds. I wonder how many movies are streamed at the theater? Would the average moviegoer notice the difference?
For as long as I’ve had money and ears I’ve been purchasing music. I started with cassette tapes in the 80s and moved on the CDs in the 90s followed by iTunes in the 00s.
I have a disappearing collection of CDs as they have all been put into apple audio or mp3 format. I rarely purchase a physical CD anymore unless I sign up for a Kickstarter campaign and get the artist to sign it. I purchase soundtracks for my favorite movies and have the physical CD and the auto-rip from Amazon. I finally subscribed to Apple music family plan, and for only $15 a month, my family and I can listen to anything we want.
I’m slowly removing all my physical books from my shelf and replacing them with their digital counterpart. I’ll keep a few on the shelf because I could never part with them. My Grandmother’s study bible and hymnal, and my personal bible collection, and a few Star Wars books. But other than that I have everything on my Kindle. Let’s hope Amazon doesn’t close it’s virtual doors anytime soon.
I still own many movies, I have VHS (but no VCR), DVDs (dwindling collection) and many Blu-rays and 4K discs. I also own the original non-special edition Star Wars films on Laser-disc (and a Laser-disc player). Blu-rays are superior in my opinion because they don’t buffer like streaming services. You get the highest quality picture and sound.
It’s a neat idea to have all your media in the cloud, it would put those time life CD infomercials out of business because you can dig in the virtual crates and find all your favorites, all for the easy payment of $9.99 a month.