I refuse to buy a Blu-Ray player, and it’s not because I’m cheap (though I kinda am) or I don’t think the technology is cool (though I kinda do). Nope, the main reason I don’t want to buy one is because it requires physical media, and I truly think that’s on the way out for the most part.
I think companies that embrace digital, be it books, music, movies, whatever, are going to be in a really good position in a couple of years here. Or, at least they will if they want me and people like me to give them money.
I would say I don’t remember the last time I bought a CD, but I totally do. It was at Christmas two years ago, when I had an unexpected haul of Best Buy gift certificates. Years ago, that would have made me giddy with purchase-power joy, but that Christmas? I just kind of wandered around the store looking at a bunch of stuff I didn’t need, finally settling on a few old-school punk CDs (which I immediately ripped to iTunes when I got home) and, I think, a BlackBerry case for my wife. When I want music, I just go to AmazonMP3 (or, failing that, iTunes). It’s cheaper, and it’s already in the format I actually use. No ripping required — pop it on the iPod and I’m good to go.
I’m getting that way with movies, too. If I want to watch something, it’s usually Netflix Watch Instantly. That goes for TV shows and movies, because I get to watch them on my schedule, at my convenience, not when networks decide I should watch them. And books? If I want a book, I just go get one of the digital copies (if the publisher doesn’t have its head up its ass, price-wise) and start reading it seconds later.
So with those kinds of instant, on-demand options, I don’t see the need for Blu-Ray. Sure, you can lecture me all you want about picture and audio quality, but the truth is, I don’t care. Not enough to get out there and pay $25 or whatever for it. I’ll just wait until it pops up on Netflix.
What about you, folks? Are you more into digital than physical media these days, or am I just one of those strange, outlying personalities?