Originally Posted by pt123
I am sure the studios would be happy to take away discs as it saves them money because the consumer pays for the delivery and the storage. More money to them. But as long as consumers buy discs, the studios will continue to sell them. Besides, why can't downloads and disc coexist? Downloads for those with the complex hard disk systems, disc for the more simple viewers.
The problem is that consumers are buying less and less disks all the time. CD sales were down an astounding 23% this holiday season.
DVD's are down too.
The trend is clear. The consumer is speaking, and they are saying that they are liking disks less and less.
One reason is piracy. Even those who pirate like to deny it, it's true. But the other reasons are that there are other areas of entertainment available.
Cable, satellite, the internet, etc, are all soaking up people's time and money.
Downloadable music is moving up the sales charts while the CD is moving down.
The same thing is beginning to happen to movies.
It isn't the studios who are pushing this on us, they've been resisting it, but it's happening nevertheless.
The fact that Apple is doing this, and that we're talking about it is proof enough of the consumer interest.
Once people talk about the price, and other details of time and quality, you know that it's here to stay.
People are NOT saying, no, no I'll never do this. They are wondering how much it is and whether they will like what they get.
Ten years from now, people will have forgotten this entire argument.