A few years ago, I decided to go all in on Digital Music. I still buy CDs for a handful of artists but even then they are quickly ripped and added to the Library. I’ve settled on Amazon for digital purchases, mostly because they have a lot of good sales and it’s all DRM free.
If Amazon goes out of business I can still listen to all of my music, forever.
I’m working on converting to eBooks but there are still DRM and pricing issues there. it doesn’t help that my backlog of digital books to read is massive.
I can’t remember the last time I bought a physical video game. I think it was that special edition pre order of The Blackwell Convergence.
For the most part, these media bits are all accessible from anywhere. I can download Steam games to my laptop, my Nexus 7 or Nook can read the books, all of my music is synced to Google’s Cloud Player, all 17,000+ tracks. I buy from Amazon but I play remotely with Google. There are two simple reasons for this. One, Google lets me store all my music for free, not just things I’ve bought through them. Second, when I use the app on my phone, Google Play supports Last.fm, Amazon does not, even though Amazon works better over a slower cellular connection.
Movies are the missing link here.
I’ve been working out my options. I considered using Youtube but I discovered recently that the stupid copyright scanner will check your private videos. I’ve also tried Plex but I had a whole host of codec and compatibility issues there so it seems less than idea at the moment. What I really need is a Roku that will connect to a centralized server hosted Network Drive.
Which sort of touches on the other issue, drive space. Hard Drives are cheap, but if I want to rip my entire DVD collection to digital it’s going to take a lot of space. I also need to set up a dedicated machine I think as well. Nothing I have spare at the moment is really beefy enough to handle being a video server I don’t think.
Then of course there is the option to buy digital video, which I would gladly do, except of course there is no clear option yet for this. I avoided iTunes for DRM lockdown reasons. I’m really not keen on building a digital library when there is no clear contender yet for any long term company. I am looking for something that lets me download the film that is not tied to an account. There are also pricing considerations. Wal-Mart sells DVDs for $5 and a digital copy isn’t going to be much higher quality that that to start with if it’s streamed so I may as well look for the physical disc. Then there is just the part where I don’t feel the need to own many movies or TV shows these days.
I still want to digitize my current collection. Then, like my CDs, I don’t have to worry about moving or scratching discs, or even storing them anywhere accessible (I stuffed all my CDs in a large binder and stuck the cases in storage). There is the angle of “I am only paying to watch this as a DVD” but that bull shit mindset is not something I have ever subscribed to. I’ll watch it however I want or not at all, you already got my money once.