Last weekend I upgraded the software on my AppleTV.
Tuesday, Toshiba threw in the towel on the HD-DVD format, clearing the way for Blu-ray dominance over every new DVD player produced.
Today, I’m thinking through the ramifications.
You see, I have a bad habit. In the past, I’ve had a tendency to purchase a copy of a movie at every advance in technology. Let’s take the movie “Scrooged” for example.
- First, I paid to see it on the big screen.
- Then, I purchased it in VHS-tape format.
- When magnetic tape joined Vinyl in the “yesterday” bin, I bought the DVD.
It seems that every significant increase in technology has me purchasing my favorite content in a new physical medium. But today, with the upgrade to AppleTV and the Toshiba announcement, I’m faced with something new: I have two very different technologies to choose from. I’m asking myself:
- Blu-ray or Download?
- Atoms or bits?
- Moore’s Law or Moore’s Law?
- Choice or Convenience?
I dunno. I gotta stew on this one a little. What do you think?