Do you still buy physical media?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by entropyfl, Nov 1, 2018.


Do you still buy physical media? (DVD/BR)

  1. YES

    133 vote(s)
  2. NO

    81 vote(s)
  3. STREAMING ONLY (Netflix/Prime etc)

    24 vote(s)
  1. worldvga macrumors member


    Nov 21, 2018
    hi, pretty much rare used as i mostly use hard dicks ects
  2. priitv8 macrumors 68040

    Jan 13, 2011
    AppleTV is perfectly useable also for content bought elsewhere. It is not tied down to iTunes store content only.
  3. Ryand123, Dec 14, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2018

    Ryand123 macrumors member

    Nov 12, 2013
    You can use whatever you like, but please try to keep your personal life out of this.:D
  4. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    I feel a bit vindicated when I see that Steam is artificially breaking all games on older OSes next month. Disk-based versions wouldn't have this issue!
  5. steve23094 macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2013
    Or upgrade your OS.
  6. RomanEmpire macrumors member

    May 29, 2018
  7. kiranmk2 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2008
    I'm in the middle of switching from a physical collection to streaming. I only upgraded my favourite films to Blu-Ray, but have been recently buying iTunes HD versions for $4.99 and under. This way I get better picture quality than my DVDs, get rid of the clutter and have the backup of most titles being ported out to Movies Anywhere and other storefronts. I even get a future upgrade to 4k if and when the titles are updated on iTunes. Now I will only buy physical titles that I really like and would really benefit from the better sound that (UHD) Blu Ray provides.

    In terms of music, I am also considering moving to streaming as the family plans are very good value. and I've pretty much stopped buying physical media anyway. I also like the music suggestion features as it's a great way to discover new music (and then not have to take a punt on buying some albums almonst blind).
  8. fuchsdh macrumors 65816


    Jun 19, 2014
    I still on occasion buy CDs because I can rip them lossless and if they're limited pressings it's not going to be trivial to replace the digital copies (stuff like expanded film scores, etc.)

    I get buying physical for movies and such but there's very few I actually watch enough times to make it worth it (have a grand total of three Blu-Rays.)

    (As a side note, I really wish Apple revived iTunes Plus for ALAC instead of AAC. I'd definitely pay $0.30 to upgrade my library to the best possible quality.)
  9. surfnode macrumors member


    Aug 27, 2013
    United Kingdom
    hard dicks? lol lol lol
  10. BODYBUILDERPAUL macrumors 65816

    Feb 9, 2009
    It's never going to happen! Apple has felt from day one that 256kbps AAC is decent - they could have gone up to 320kbps AAC but never did - I rip the occasional CD at 320AAC as I can't hear any different between that and ripping at ALAC.
    For Apple, it's all about Apple Music streaming now. I buy music tracks from iTunes although i'll admit, I maybe buy 1 full album once every 5 years and that's it. Gotta say, i'm the only one out of my friends that buys download tunes - they all have Apple Music or Spotify but nothing new there, they've been doing that for the last 5 or 6 or 7 years.

    What I do LOVE is having an Apple I.D. and knowing that I can be staying/living anywhere in the world, I can sign into it on any Apple device and ALL of my films and music is there. That is living in the moment. That is NOW. And I love it! Plus having tried other brands etc, I truly believe that the Apple experience is just beautiful - it's polished - everything from using the UI on Apple TV to browsing iTunes to editing a 4K 60 fps video in FCPX to using Apple Pages to even designing a birthday card in Apple Photos is just so much nicer and a better user experience than anything else out there.
  11. Coffee50 macrumors 6502

    Apr 23, 2015
    This is one of my biggest pros. While the quality of digital may to be up to the standards of physical (although it isn't THAT far behind) having access to my library is so convenient. When I'm in NYC, I can access my library on my apple tv there, & when I go back to LA, do the same thing.

    I know physical media has its perks, but for me, digital works. (Plus as a minimalist, anything that saves spaces is cool, haha :)
  12. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    I don't buy nearly as many as I used to - but for some, especially UHD, I buy physical media. (Ironic, since I don't have a 4K TV yet.)
  13. BODYBUILDERPAUL macrumors 65816

    Feb 9, 2009
    Same with me. Physical discs just don't feel right to me, they remind me of the 1990s wayyyyyyy before we moved on xMillion with the Internet :) The majority of those cheaply made disc players are just plain horrible - that's not moving forward, that's taking a huge step back to the last century.

    Being able to access everything from the iCloud is NOW and it's amazing!
  14. fuchsdh macrumors 65816


    Jun 19, 2014
    Yeah, I'm definitely old school in that regard. Apparently the rest of the world moved on to streaming, but for me it just doesn't make sense when I pay for way less than what a year's subscription would be and there's Youtube for the odd tunes I want to check out before I buy.
  15. Unami, Dec 20, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2018

    Unami macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2010
    sure, but only „must have“ movies/music/books - and I usually also rip them to have them available everywhere. (except for the books, of which i just „find“ a copy of online). it still offers superior quality to streaming/download, i own it and I can make copies that play back without annoying DRM.
  16. MPclk2006 macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2013
    It really depends, some movies I buy on 4K Bluray and redeem the digital copy, other times I buy the digital version either on release or later at a discounted price from iTunes. For instance, I regret not getting the Avengers on physical disc.
  17. EEzycade macrumors regular


    Jun 29, 2018
    Mesa, Arizona
    NO. My moms siblings families take turns giving each other gifts. We have her brother Brents family this year. We are giving them some treats and 2 movies. We are getting them DVDs. They have a DVD player, but it got me wondering. There will come a time when you give someone a DVD and they will have nothing to put it in. I'm sure it is happening already but it was an interesting thought.
  18. Donar, Dec 24, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2018

    Donar macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2008
    I buy a mix of digital and physical. Sometimes there is no 4k download version of a film i want in 4K (Avengers).
    In the last months i mostly bought Films on iTunes that where on sale, got some 4k Films for 5,99€/7,99€ where the UHD BluRay was 25,99/29,99€ on Amazon.

    Got me a SONOS beam for the „Man Cave“ no way to get the Sony X700 UHD Player to downmix the 7.1/5.1 DTS or Atmos Tracks to DolbyDigital 5.1. So i‘m stuck with stereo with newer discs. That really is annoying. For the ATV 4k the SONOS is brilliant.
  19. zen macrumors 68000


    Jun 26, 2003
    Precisely this. Blu-Ray HD is significantly higher bandwidth/bitrate to streamed HD. Same goes for UHD.
  20. torana355 macrumors 68030

    Dec 8, 2009
    Sydney, Australia
    Bluray rips here. I have 2 8tb hdds holding my Movie and TV show libraries.
  21. George Dawes macrumors 6502a

    George Dawes

    Jul 17, 2014
    After my experience this Xmas I’m done with physical media .

    I only bought some blu rays as the shows weren’t available on iTunes , sadly the PS4 scratched the disc somehow ...
  22. BODYBUILDERPAUL macrumors 65816

    Feb 9, 2009
    Less of all of this crazy bandwidth/bitrate talk. How does look to YOUR eyes!!!!!!!!!
    Remember when we were told that Betamax was the best picture ever? DVD the ultimate in picture? I bet you agreed and you were using the same pair of eyes!

    Judge the quality yourself. As Brexit in the UK proved, there's a lot of people that believe anything. Always judge for yourself. I have the LG OLED B7 and my gosh, 4K Dolby Vision iTunes films look simply outstanding on it. Plus they are all on my Apple I.D. that I can use anywhere in the world. Now, that is incredible!
    --- Post Merged, Dec 26, 2018 ---
    Being honest, my friends and I agreed on this in 2010 when the iPad was launched. It was then that we agreed that iTunes was now! And that was nearly nine years ago :) Here in the UK & Europe, DVDs are really BAD NEWS as they are speeded up by 4% in their audio to create a dodgy 25fps rate. It's crazy that in 2018 people are buying these inaccurate things.
  23. zen macrumors 68000


    Jun 26, 2003
    Well, okay, that's a weird reply... but yes, I do trust my eyes. I have the same TV as you - the LG OLED B7. I agree, 4k Dolby Vision iTunes looks amazing. No doubt about it.

    But 4k Dolby Vision on UHD Blu-ray looks better. I can see a distinct difference with my eyes. That's not to say the iTunes version isn't great - it is (or Netflix, or Amazon). But the UHD is better. For most titles I don't care, but for those films I really like, I'll go for the UHD Blu-ray.
  24. priitv8 macrumors 68040

    Jan 13, 2011
    Betamax (or DAT or MiniDisc or Super-Audio CD or Blu-Ray) is a good example of how average consumer will select price over quality.
  25. zen macrumors 68000


    Jun 26, 2003
    Eh? Are you saying Blu-Ray is not higher quality than streamed HD?

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