What's Your Digital Convenience Price Threshold?
<p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/dht/auto/1308781178.usr1.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>In the tug of war between atoms and bits, how much does it take to sway you one way or another? Digital download or buying DVDs - which way do you roll? I bought the first episode of "Breaking Bad" on iTunes a few weeks ago, watched it yesterday, and enjoyed it quite a bit. Since I don't currently have an active <a href="http://www.zip.ca" target="_blank">Zip.ca</a> account (it's a DVD rental service) I'd be looking at buying Breaking Bad season one. How do the numbers work out? <MORE /></p><ul><li>iTunes SD: $14.99 CAD</li><li>iTunes HD: $20.99 CAD</li><li>Amazon.ca DVD: $19.47</li><li>Amazon.ca Blu-ray: $28.99</li></ul><p>So there's a small $4.48 price difference between the atoms and the bits in SD, and a more significant price difference of $9.52 for the HD versions. Do I go atoms or bits? The pros and cons from my point of view:</p><ul><li><strong>Atoms PROs:</strong> DVDs are easy to share with family and friends, and easy to rip (regular DVDs at least) for conversion onto any device I own</li><li><strong>Atoms CONs:</strong> DVDs take up space, and there's a small shipping charge</li><li><strong>Bits PROs:</strong> Immediate gratification - I can start watching it today</li><li><strong>Bits CONs:</strong> iTunes DRM means I can't share the TV show with friends, or even use it on all of my own devices. It's an Apple-only party for this content, which I <em>loathe</em>.</li></ul><p>I should note that there's also Amazon Video on Demand, but since I'm Canada I can't use that service. And Netflix.ca doesn't stream Breaking Bad so that's not an option.</p><p>So where do you fall on the scale? Myself, I've decided I want to own the atoms rather than the bits, so I've added them to my Amazon wish list and will buy them at some point.</p>