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.