Here is one I received for my 30th birthday a few months ago.
It’s quite nostalgia-inducing to think that people born in the late 90’s and after won’t even know what cassettes and floppy disks are, but thinking about it makes me wonder: in the age of digital media distribution, do little kids even know what a CD is?
Music is now purchased from online stores, software is downloaded directly from the manufacturer site or from application stores, even traditional videogame consoles are slowly turning towards digital-only distribution!
They keep saying it’s for our convenience, but of course we know it’s simply to destroy the second hand resales market, and to try to prevent piracy. The piracy part will not work, at least not until they offer us correct prices without losing the freedom to use our content, but the second hand market has taken a serious blow.
You can help preventing this by buying your online content only from retailers who do not use DRM, thus keeping your reselling rights as well as the rights to use your legally obtained content in as many devices as you want. Of course, if you download illegally, you already have these freedoms, and for less money.
Will someone understand that in order to make people pay for content they need to make it as easy and convenient for us as the pirate-provided content? That would be the way to seriously lower piracy rates.
Basically, when you sit to watch a DVD (even worse on some BluRays), or some VOD, you have to play through ads threatening you and telling you that you will go to jail for pirating and blablabla, then the movie starts. When you sit to watch a pirated movie, you just press play, and the movie starts. Better value, and cheaper. C’mon, distributors, get it right and people will pay! There are many other examples of this you can find all around the net.
That was the rant of the day, by Gonzo