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7. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 12, 2012, 23:17 Scud
 
Beamer wrote on Apr 12, 2012, 14:24:
I wouldn't pirate books. Ever.

I'll start paying for e-books once the publishers stop insulting my intelligence by insisting that virtual books are worth as much as physical ones. It's price gouging, plain and simple.
 
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6. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 12, 2012, 19:53 The Half Elf
 
I would love to buy Red Dead Redemption GOTY digitally for my 360 so I wouldn't have to deal with a disc and I would never trade it in, but there is no option for it. Also I would love to trade in a few other games for digital copies so I always have them, but it just ain't happening.  
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5. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 12, 2012, 16:15 Prez
 
The idea is sound (something I've actually been wanting for a while), but the execution is abysmal.  
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4. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 12, 2012, 14:55 Ozmodan
 
Wow, I would not touch that service with a 20 foot pole. Designed like someone's worst nightmare.  
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3. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 12, 2012, 14:24 Beamer
 
Shok wrote on Apr 12, 2012, 13:53:
As long as the pirated version is better there is no incentive to buy as far as I'm concerned. Case in point: last night I thought I would try finding a song I heard on the radio to download. I googled some verses and found the artist and name. Since I was on my kindle fire I decided to see if Amazon had the song at a decent price. They did ($5 for the 12 song album) so I bought it. I definitely would not have bought it if it was DRM'd and only played on my kindle fire or if I felt I was being price gouged (I'm looking at you e-books).

I wouldn't pirate books. Ever. It doesn't hurt the publisher so much as the author.
On the flip side, I guess it convinces authors to try to go around publishers, and in a 100% ebook world publishers more or less exist solely to help readers sort through crap (while publishers put out crap they still don't fall into the depths many of the self published books do) and to help authors deal with legal issues (Hollywood is likely to license a published book but would be more apt to just rip off a self published one.)

Minor things at best.



As for this Walmart thing, it's going nowhere. Distributors have come up with dozens of solutions that make content creators happy but hit with a resounding thud with end users. See: DivX.
They start out well meaning, typically, but the value proposition dies on the consumer end before content companies agree to it. On the plus side it gets content creators a bit more warmed up to something better.

Hollywood will figure a solution soon. DVDs and BluRay are dying. Netflix will follow them to the grave, a casualty of being squeezed out before they built up proper bargaining power. Something will show up that retains the ease of Netflix but results in more money for content distributors. $8/month unlimited isn't cutting it. Still thinking we'll move to movies as a service rather than ownership or a la carte, and I'd guess it would fall to $15.

That number, by the way, is speculation, but I think consumers have issues going above $9.99 and content creators cringe at even $19.99, but both may be willing to split the difference. Impetus is really on content creators here, who are afraid of new methods and pricing letting a genie out of a bottle but are seeing the old methods drying up.
 
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2. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 12, 2012, 13:53 Shok
 
As long as the pirated version is better there is no incentive to buy as far as I'm concerned. Case in point: last night I thought I would try finding a song I heard on the radio to download. I googled some verses and found the artist and name. Since I was on my kindle fire I decided to see if Amazon had the song at a decent price. They did ($5 for the 12 song album) so I bought it. I definitely would not have bought it if it was DRM'd and only played on my kindle fire or if I felt I was being price gouged (I'm looking at you e-books).  
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1. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 12, 2012, 12:35 Dev
 
Make sure you read this about the downsides of ultraviolet before you run to convert all your dvds:
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Such as the $2 per dvd only covers the first year, after that fees. Its DRM heavy. No androids supported. No HD supported on ipad. Fees can be charged if you download more than 3 times. Lots of other cases fee's can be applied too. Region restricted, so you are screwed if you travel. Oh also, they put a permanent ugly stamp on your DVD if you do it. No idea if it screws up double sided media.

Basically this is **AA's dream plan to charge consumers again and again for the same content, and throw DRM on top of it to restrict your use.
 
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