The L.A. Times recently ran an article about how clicking on “Like” on a film’s page in FB allows you to download the film to your “Cloud collection”. Absolute nonsense!
Let me get this right – Film companies don’t want to sell you a physical DVD of any given film, they want you to pay to download a film – keep it on the internet, and not have a physical specimen in your hands. What about the hundreds of DVD’s you’ve already purchased? Apparently, it will be cool for you to upload your personal DVD collection to your “Cloud Collection”. What, and then you can have a binder of color photocopies of the DVD boxes?
Just say No to downloaded (or uploaded) films!
So, I heard years and years ago that record companies wanted you to download an artist’s individual tracks and ‘product packaging’, so they could cut out the replicating & transportation costs. Not real fond of that idea either.
I was at 3 x swap meets during the month of September, 2011 – the crate diggers there weren’t thinking, “This isn’t any fun. I want to download old, rare, original vinyl”. That’s right – look for your break-beats on-line.
There must be some part of our human experience that desires to physically look at a product before purchasing it. When all the record stores are finally put out of business, I bet there will still be swap meets! For me, product packaging has always been important. On-line, I can’t see what the paper / printing is like etc.
So, if I want to continue to buy SA-CD’s and multi-channel audio entertainment – I’m going to have to download it? What will I play it on? My radio / stereo that isn’t connected to the internet? A funky TV that I don’t yet own that has a computer in it?
I have my 20th century concerns – I want to buy my music in a public place, and take it home and listen to it. What part of this transaction is a) buying / listening to the music or b) being in a public place that sells music? Can I download some food and medicine, while I’m at it? I do still want to leave my home at times!
Yes, it can be troublesome to have a large physical collection of music. I can’t even lift the heavy cartons anymore! But…I own it already and have an irrevocable right to listen to that music, whenever I can find it in my home! I bought it and paid for it, it’s MINE. No record company can decide that they want to “un-sell” any part of my collection.
I am 100% certain that your “Cloud Collection” will “be there forever”, as the internet (and software) never has any issues. No hard drive has ever failed. No “access” has ever been denied. You enjoy your “Cloud Collection”, OK?