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April 4th, 2006

So let me get this straight…

The movie studios recently launched a new download service via Movielink, a site that I believe has existed for quite some time. The movies are a lower quality than DVD, take 4-6 hours to download (or so, depending on your connection), can’t be burned to DVD, are protected with DRM so you can’t do anything with them, can’t be bought using anything but Windows and Internet Explorer, and best of all, cost more than DVDs – up to $30 a pop.

And somehow this is supposed to work?

The movie industry is screwed, frankly. The only thing that will save them is gobs of money and throwing it at lawsuits at this point. Movielink completely misses the point of downloading movies. Give people high-quality, HD or DVD-level downloads and charge them fairly… and kill off the totalitarian copy protection… then we’ll talk.

I also thought models like iTunes demonstrated that people were okay with a lower-quality product so long as it was reasonably priced and had DRM that seemed to actually favor people, instead of companies. Maybe the movie industry doesn’t know what’s going on? Yeah… that sounds about right.

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DATE: Tuesday April 4, 2006 -- 9:23:58 am
I think it is supposed to fail. Then they will blame the failure on piracy, and have damages to claim when they go in the inevitable lawsuit rampage.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Tuesday April 4, 2006 -- 10:03:18 am
I think that's behind the music industry's new "99 cents isn't enough" stance with iTunes too, Chris. They'll force Apple and others to raise prices, then complain when people aren't paying $20 for an inferior quality album, and sue more people until laws get passed making piracy on the level with more serious crimes. Rock on!

FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday April 4, 2006 -- 4:21:30 pm
They're lower quality and cost more?

That does sound pretty stupid.

I'm surprised they don't crack down on torrents more. It is hard to not find a movie for free if you look for it.

iTunes downloads are lower quality? I did not know that. Thanks -- I'll just rip my own.

FROM: Paul
DATE: Tuesday April 4, 2006 -- 7:29:34 pm
Merle: iTunes downloads are lower quality? I did not know that.

128k AAC. It's good, don't get me wrong, and in my estimation it's good enough... but for comparison, eMusic offers 200k+ VBR.

FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday April 5, 2006 -- 8:13:03 pm
Paul: yeah, I normally do 196k VBR. I've done 384k VBR but don't see much difference... but for some modern electronica music, you can hear skips and pops at 128k.

FROM: Fred Fernwall
DATE: Sunday April 9, 2006 -- 11:19:00 am
The vast majority of movies stink. They get around this by releasing to as many theaters as they can so people won't go because their friend saw it and said it was bad. "Sound Of Music" the movie with the poster showing the mansion built for the Archbishop of Salzburg' girlfriend and thirteen kids, I kid you not, had, at least, good music and ran for for over a year in many markets. With all of these English grads they could get a good writer. Casablanca is a classic and the only two good things about it were good actors and a good screen writer. It was basically a cheap movie that people will always want to see. Look up the North Korean website. I think it is done by the bizerko midget head of North Korea. The scenic photography is good but the website offers music that uses an extremely narrow channel. I copied the music onto a cassette and use it when I am on the phone with somebody and have to stop for a minute. The martial music would be good on a answering machine.

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