Why You Should Buy iTunes Shows and Movies
I thought I would share some of my thoughts about the iTunes
Music Store. The store now sells movies— something that everyone has been waiting for Apple to do. So, here are some reasons for embracing all that is iTunes.
It’s awfully convenient.
The iTunes Store makes it incredibly easy to find and download music, TV shows, Movies and podcasts. It’s a reliable service, and offers a good selection of content. There are few services quite like the iTunes Store, and it stands well above them. The only thing that the iTunes Store doesn’t offer is a music subscription service (where you can listen to all the music you want for a monthly fee), but I feel this is more due to limitations in Apple’s FairPlay DRM technology than anything else.
Total lack of commercials.
I really appreciate that the video content you get when purchasing movies and TV shows is devoid of any commercial advertisements. I’ve often thought that this may change— Apple may offer customers the option of buying cheaper content if it includes commercials, but I suspect that wouldn’t be as popular in the end.
Next day service.
TV shows that are carried on the iTunes Store have new episodes posted very soon after airing on television. This is pretty nice for those (such as myself) that are without a traditional (cable/satellite) TV provider. Instead of having to wait for a DVD release some day, you can get the shows within 24-48 hours of it airing on TV.
On demand, instant gratification.
Find something, buy it, download it, watch it. If you’ve bought a season pass of something, new shows automatically download automatically as they’re available.
Shows for $1.99. That’s pretty cheap. The quality is much better now that they’ve bumped the resolution to 640 pixels wide. The movies are reasonably priced also (but you do give up some of those DVD features).
You can take it with you.
Video on your iPod. You’re golden. You can even playback shows from the iPod Video to a TV.
DRM yes, but more flexible than Windows Media DRM.
I say this because while Windows Media DRM is usable on Windows and a number of third party devices, it is NOT Mac-compatible. FairPlay on the other hand, works on Mac and PC (and iPods of course).
Naturally, it does not work on any non-iPod music or video players, that would just be silly.
So there you have it. I couldn’t think of 10— I guess that would have made a better title for this post. If you can think of another 3, comment below.