Buy hardcopy when you can. Particularly when it comes to Apple products.

Ah, but how are we defining ‘acceptable?’

I’m not exactly being facetious: obviously, it’s not ‘acceptable’ in the sense that it’s pretty offensive that Apple is essentially saying that you’re paying for the privilege of using their ‘storefront’and that all complaints should be directed to the people who used that storefront to not-sell you their product.  But it is acceptable in the sense that we’ve been letting software folks ‘lease’ digital content to us instead of ‘selling’ it for more or less the entire history of personal computing.  This is merely the end result. I never buy any kind of digital IP that I wouldn’t mind losing — and if I do, I make dang sure that I have it in a format that isn’t reliant on third-party benevolence.  Because there ain’t no such thing as third-party benevolence when it comes to the entertainment industry, honestly.

But don’t mind me: I’m just this crank on the Internet.


  • Belcatar says:

    Back when I was a boy, that kind of behavior was known as “Indian Giving”. That’s not politically sensitive, but there it is.

    It’s also known in the common tongue as “stealing”. Imagine if the local grocery store sold you a candy bar, and then, just as you were about to unwrap it and take a bite, someone from the store snatches that candy bar out of your hands and says “This candy bar is no longer available. Here is a gift certificate. You can’t actually buy anything with it, but if you present it, we’ll let you borrow a serving spoon for a couple of days.”

    This is exactly why I have an extensive DVD collection. Well, that and my inability to stream.

  • Finrod says:

    This is why I still buy compact discs, amongst many reasons.

  • Cameron says:

    And they wonder why people go to pirate sites.

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