All the More Reason to Just Buy the Damn Discs

Posted by: Rob Hof on August 31, 2007

So everybody’s in a tizzy over NBC Universal’s decision not to renew its contract with Apple to make digital downloads of TV shows available on iTunes. Personally, I couldn’t care less. I’d still really rather watch TV on—get this—a TV set. Since I and most of the civilized world have cable anyway, why not just Tivo whatever you want for free? Besides, it’s still a ridiculously cumbersome process for most people to get movies from their computer to their TV sets. I even know how to do it, and I still don’t want to bother.

I feel the same way about music. OK, I get that a lot of people only want one or two songs from an album. But if you want most of the songs of any particular album, as I usually do, just buy the CD and burn it to your heart’s content. And because you’ve got the disc, you don’t have to back up the music. Or if you don’t want the disc, dump it on eBay’s Half.com or Amazon.com and buy yourself a cinnamon dolce creme at Starbucks with the proceeds.

I suppose one of these decades, the entertainment and computer industries will get their acts together and make it easy to download and access content wherever we want. Until then, I’ll take the plastic.

Reader Comments

JP

August 31, 2007 3:10 PM

The only plastic that is kewl is the plastic I'm using to buy more digital content!

dg

August 31, 2007 9:20 PM

Oh Rob, yer such an old skool hippie.

Mike

September 4, 2007 7:57 AM

Did you just suggest people buy a CD, rip it and then sell it on ebay?

The reason why people want it in these formats is so they can watch it in other places where a TV isn't handy (planes, subway, gym, etc.)

Merredith

September 4, 2007 1:31 PM

True, Rob. I have a nice mix of uploaded and downloaded music myself. I actually had a young colleague say to me, "not that you're a dinosaur, but do you really still buy CDs?" (check it: I'm 43). But here's where I go nuts. I buy a CD. I download it to my library. All's cool so far. Then the hiccup: I have to switch computers because my hard drive died. It's fine though, I backed it up. But Real Player/Rhapsody/iTunes -- you name it -- don't recognize my "rights" to the music I already own on CD, and demand that I purchase the songs. I can't play them unless I find and re-import the CD. Does that make any sense?


A uniform standard would be smart, else dinosaurs like me might start casting longing glances at the dark side..

Al Schwartz

September 29, 2007 7:30 PM

I can do it all at 66. Burn, rip. buy cd's, use
XM, etc. But by far the best solution is still radio to audio cassette. It is a perfect, cheap, foolproof, easily reproduced method. On a good car or hi-fi stereo the sound is good enough for most people. The only competitor to me is Slacker web radio, which will be a revolution if their portable player pans out.

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