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Old Sep 16, 2008, 01:43 PM   #1
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What's the point in pre-ordering an iTunes/ATV movie?

First off, I'm not knocking those that pre-order movies off of ATV/iTunes.

I just noticed iTunes has IronMan available for "pre-order". I'm just wondering what the benefit is? It's a digital download, so there is no "limited quantity". Are pre-orders available for download earlier than others?

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Pre-Orders are cheaper than after release, and will automatically download when it becomes available.

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Old Sep 16, 2008, 02:00 PM   #3
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How much does the savings normally amount to? Is there a set discount for pre-orders?
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Old Sep 16, 2008, 02:26 PM   #4
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ahh. Ok, thanks

That sounds handy for those of us without lightning quick broadband.
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Old Sep 16, 2008, 02:37 PM   #5
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Pre-Orders are cheaper than after release, and will automatically download when it becomes available.

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The Iron Man preorder is $14.99 so there is no discount
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Old Sep 19, 2008, 06:06 AM   #6
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question: Is it possible to pre-order the HD version of Ironman?

It's not on Apple TV, and iTunes on my Mac doesn't appear to give an option to buy the HD version.
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Old Sep 19, 2008, 08:22 AM   #7
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No HD Movies as of Yet. The SD Movies should be under $10, at $14.99 you're better off going and buying the DVD and encoding it.
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The main question I still have...

Is there a normal discount amount for pre-ordered iTunes movies, or not?
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Old Sep 19, 2008, 09:02 AM   #9
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I think the only advantage of pre-ordering, since the price is no smaller, is that just in case you forget that the movie was released on launch day, you will have a pleasant surprise when opening your iTunes that day...

I don't know.. I was wondering the same thing myself when I saw that Iron Man pre-ordering....
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No HD Movies as of Yet. The SD Movies should be under $10, at $14.99 you're better off going and buying the DVD and encoding it.
that's right - I forgot about that. Thanks

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The main question I still have...

Is there a normal discount amount for pre-ordered iTunes movies, or not?
I don't think there is a discount. I've never seen any iTunes movie selling for more than $14.99, which is what the IronMan pre-order is priced at.
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the only good thing about pre-orders from itunes basically is so you don't forget to download it? at least thats my take on it. music and movies alike.
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pre-orders are just a way for a company to collect interest on money earlier in exchange for nothing. They just want your money sooner. If they give you a discount for it, yes it may be worth it. But if no discount, you're better off earning interest on your money rather than having them earn it for you.

Now if there were pre-orders for a hot item like the iPhone that would be hard to get a hold of in the first few weeks, then it may be worth considering pre-ordering.

Just my $0.02

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No HD Movies as of Yet. The SD Movies should be under $10, at $14.99 you're better off going and buying the DVD and encoding it.
@ 14.99 you can pay that for a month's worth of Netflix service and rip them
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except they don't collect the money for the purchase until its actually downloaded from iTunes, and similarly with amazon, until it ships. so very few pre-orders are like that these days.
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except they don't collect the money for the purchase until its actually downloaded from iTunes, and similarly with amazon, until it ships. so very few pre-orders are like that these days.
That's cool that they do it like that. I was going to pre-order a Wii last fall and they wanted $ first.

With iTunes - Preorder away
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@ 14.99 you can pay that for a month's worth of Netflix service and rip them
If I remember correctly, that's the 2 DVDs at a time plan! AND the video would be of significantly higher quality.

I would think twice paying $14.99, even for a HD version! Apple needs to work REALLY hard at getting prices down and increasing TV Show content. That will help adoptions rates, considerably.
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If I remember correctly, that's the 2 DVDs at a time plan! AND the video would be of significantly higher quality.

I would think twice paying $14.99, even for a HD version! Apple needs to work REALLY hard at getting prices down and increasing TV Show content. That will help adoptions rates, considerably.
'cept that ripping them is against the law, and a copyright violation since you don't own the movie.
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the only good thing about pre-orders from itunes basically is so you don't forget to download it? at least thats my take on it. music and movies alike.
If the HD version were available for download, I might have considered it... since I only have 3mb DSL and an HD download takes about 4hrs to complete. If the download kicks off while I'm sleeping or at work, there's some value to pre-ordering.

I'll just pick up the DVD for $19, or BR for $30.
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'cept that ripping them is against the law, and a copyright violation since you don't own the movie.
Oh... yeah. There's always that.

BTW, PlaceofDis, did you buy every single song on your computer?
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Oh... yeah. There's always that.

BTW, PlaceofDis, did you buy every single song on your computer?
actually, yes i have. in one format or another.
and same with the movies that i have on it.
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