Amazon telling Mac owners to buzz off

robertweller99

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I couldn't believe my eyes but I recently saw Amazon answering a question about using Macs for Amazon video content. It said they weren't making it work for Macs because they can use iTunes. By this I mean consumers cannot download video content to Macs, only stream it. This sounds awfully stupid. Has anyone been able to download Amazon videos?
 

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I couldn't believe my eyes but I recently saw Amazon answering a question about using Macs for Amazon video content. It said they weren't making it work for Macs because they can use iTunes. By this I mean consumers cannot download video content to Macs, only stream it. This sounds awfully stupid. Has anyone been able to download Amazon videos?
Do you have an article to reference this to?
 

robertweller99

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amazon videos mac

Do you have an article to reference this to?
http://askville.amazon.com/download-Amazon-instant-videos-Mac-computers/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=89571877

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This is how you download and play Amazon videos--and it is true--their player only works on in Windows.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=3773

Unfortunate, but there are other options--iTunes of course but Vudu also offers a video player that works on Macs.
I find this unbelieveable. I guess you can stream it off a Mac using airplay
 

aristobrat

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I couldn't believe my eyes but I recently saw Amazon answering a question about using Macs for Amazon video content. It said they weren't making it work for Macs because they can use iTunes.
FWIW, that wasn't Amazon that answered that question. That was a random community member.
 

Robisan

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No expert on this and happy to be corrected if I'm wrong, but I believe this applies only to Amazon Prime Instant Video, not video for purchase to own. Any download of Prime video would need to be highly controlled (hence only through Amazon's proprietary player) because the user hasn't purchased ownership rights. Amazon's player is Windows only.

Streaming of Amazon Prime video (really its core business model) is available on any platform (ATV only through Airplay).
 

robertweller99

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No expert on this and happy to be corrected if I'm wrong, but I believe this applies only to Amazon Prime Instant Video, not video for purchase to own. Any download of Prime video would need to be highly controlled (hence only through Amazon's proprietary player) because the user hasn't purchased ownership rights. Amazon's player is Windows only.

Streaming of Amazon Prime video (really its core business model) is available on any platform (ATV only through Airplay).
I have emailed Amazon directly and ask them point blank.
 

bobr1952

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No expert on this and happy to be corrected if I'm wrong, but I believe this applies only to Amazon Prime Instant Video, not video for purchase to own. Any download of Prime video would need to be highly controlled (hence only through Amazon's proprietary player) because the user hasn't purchased ownership rights. Amazon's player is Windows only.

Streaming of Amazon Prime video (really its core business model) is available on any platform (ATV only through Airplay).
As mentioned in this link--no Amazon videos can be downloaded and played on a Mac--only Windows.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=3773
 

paulrbeers

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I couldn't believe my eyes but I recently saw Amazon answering a question about using Macs for Amazon video content. It said they weren't making it work for Macs because they can use iTunes. By this I mean consumers cannot download video content to Macs, only stream it. This sounds awfully stupid. Has anyone been able to download Amazon videos?
Maybe you can't do it on Macs, but you can do it on iOS devices just fine. My daughter's iPad is loaded with videos I have downloaded from Amazon into their App.

So some company has chosen not to support Macs, guess what? This isn't the first piece of software not to support Mac.
 

robertweller99

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downloading amazon videos to mac

Amazon has told me that they are working on making it possible for customers to be able to download movies to their Macs.
 

Robisan

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As mentioned in this link--no Amazon videos can be downloaded and played on a Mac--only Windows.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=3773
Yes, I see. In fact, HD movies cannot be downloaded to any computer - PC or Mac - so this isn't just an anti-Mac thing. And as noted above, they can be downloaded to iPads, so it's not simply an anti-Apple thing either. In any event, I would not pay for "unlimited viewing" rights without the ability to download a file to "own" offline in any location of my choosing.
 

bobr1952

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Yes, I see. In fact, HD movies cannot be downloaded to any computer - PC or Mac - so this isn't just an anti-Mac thing. And as noted above, they can be downloaded to iPads, so it's not simply an anti-Apple thing either. In any event, I would not pay for "unlimited viewing" rights without the ability to download a file to "own" offline in any location of my choosing.
Yeah--I feel the same way. I usually buy Blu Rays of movies I want mostly for the added video--and more importantly--the added audio quality. But the ones I do buy as downloads, I buy through iTunes. Always look for iTunes downloads on the Blu Rays I buy too--such as the recent release of Catching Fire.