Does anyone actually buy movies from iTunes?

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  1. Kendo macrumors 68000

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    I'm considering buying HD movies from iTunes instead of Blu-ray because it allows me to store everything on my computer instead of having to worry about physical media. I live in NYC so space in apartments is limited.

    I am hesitant because it is an expensive proposition. Who uses iTunes to buy or even rent movies on a daily basis? Do you find the 720p quality acceptable? I heard rumors that they are going to increase it to 1080p but that is a little scary because if I buy the movie now and they upgrade later, won't they charge more? The same happened with iTunes when they upgraded their tunes from 128kbps to 256kbps and charged $.30 extra for each song you wanted to upgrade.

    Yes I am aware of torrenting movies but I'm contemplating being a straight shooter and renting or buying from now on.
     
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    I rent movies on occasion from iTunes, but never have and probably never will buy a movie. I have Netflix and can get most of what I want to watch on that.
     
  3. wirawee macrumors member

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    I do the periodic renting from iTunes. To my eyes, you're definitely not going to get the picture quality that you get out of a nice BluRay. I do it more for the convenience factor than anything.

    The one thing I have bought off of iTunes is tv series that aren't available on Netflix. But, again, my interest is primarily convenience and I'm not too worried about the picture quality for a sitcom (Cougartown) or a show that was originally aired in standard def (The Wire).
     
  4. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I have purchased a few movies on iTunes. I don't buy many movies, but usually buy them from iTunes when I do.
     
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    I have bought a few films from iTunes in the past. But once I realised how easy it was to rip DVDs I've bought I've taken to doing that. I store them all in my iTunes library and can stream them to the :apple:TV2. Great solution I think!
     
  7. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    Blue ray movies have much better quality, IMO. Otherwise I would buy from iTunes.
     
  8. Bonch macrumors 6502

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    Never have, probably never will. The only thing I buy off iTunes is iPhone apps, and I buy a lot of those.
     
  9. StephenCampbell macrumors 65816

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    I would never buy a movie from iTunes that isn't HD, for one. SD quality on iTunes is inferior to DVD.

    A few weeks ago I wanted the film In A Better World, and physically they've only released a blu-ray/dvd combo, which is close to $30, so I bought the HD film on iTunes instead for $19.99. Definitely the better choice.

    So, once in a while. Very rarely.
     
  10. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    I bought about 40 HD movies over the past four months. I too would rather have them stored on my computer than having actual discs. I don't have an HD TV or a Blu-ray player and don't plan on buying one anytime soon. I like sitting down or laying down and watching my HD shows and movies comfortably on my MBP.
     
  11. senseless macrumors 68000

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    No, the pricing is too high. I'd rather own the blu-ray disc.
     
  12. toolbox macrumors 68020

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    Yes i have bought a few on there too, along with the tv shows. I rarely get stuff now, rather get it on Blue ray
     
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    I've purchased some movies, mostly to watch on my iPad as my family and I travel. Something to entertain my children.
     
  14. puma1552 macrumors 601

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    I rent off iTunes once in a while...in fact I just rented Super 8 about 10 minutes ago.

    I usually rent in SD...I rented in HD once just to see if it was any better and maybe it's just me, but I saw absolutely no difference in quality on my 15" MBP...maybe it's just me, but neither of them looked any better than a regular DVD played on the MBP, which isn't as nice as a DVD played on a TV.

    *shrug*
     
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    I rent only. Space isn't the issue for me, theres just too many variables that wreck physical media in my house (Pets and kids) :eek:
     
  16. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    I only rent movies to watch on my iPad when I'm traveling. Otherwise its netflix or blockbuster.
     
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    The same. If there was by chance something I couldn't find elsewhere like an old movie or show. Possibly, otherwise no.
     
  19. odinsride macrumors 65816

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    I use my apple TV to rent movies occasionally (like once a month or so). I don't watch many movies in the first place so I cancelled my netflix and just rent from iTunes when I feel like watching something
     
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    Until the DRM is removed, and movies gets included in iTunes in the Cloud, no.
     
  22. appleamg macrumors newbie

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    Why spend money on movies when I can go to the cinema or download them for free :D ? But this is coming from a person who doesn't like the idea paying for music and movies when he can get it for free .
     
  23. wvuwhat macrumors 65816

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    I only purchase those 4.99 movies that they change up every week or so. Will occasionally rent on there.

    But, I do really enjoy buying Blu-ray's with digital copies attached to them that are straight from iTune's. Very nice to be able to just fire up the Apple TV and have everything just a click away instead of having physical media. Of course, there are some movies that really do look a lot better on Blu-ray.
     
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    I, like others, prefer physical media, so I rent from RedBox
     

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