Originally Posted by Abster2core
Points to consider
- Althought the list is growing, there are only about 700 movies that are availble on Blu-ray
- The use of CDs or DVDs for backing up is not the standard. If fact, its use is diminishing particularly by home users, who are notoriously known for not backing up at all.
- The cost is prohibitive. The media is too large to give to copies of movies to your family, and too expensive for your friends to pay for it. Losing a 20 cent CD is one thing. Losing a $20 BD with all your life on it is another.
- The Blu-ray industry has still to finalize the format. Too many variables under consideration.
- The Blu-ray association has yet to authorize manufacturing its technology by the Chinese. As such, the costs are not expected to drop until they do.
Why the heat on Apple?
- Surely Apple has done extensive market research on this potential opportunity
- Has anybody else standardised or declared such for this format for their line of computers?
- Can you imagine the protests for a Mac costing 30 to 50% more? Just look at some of the receptions received to the Macbook Air/Solid State drive option.
Right now the format is still iffy. Not universally used/deployed. But most important; It is too expensive, particularly now. I can still buy a few gallons of gas for the price of a disk.
Their are just better alternatives.http://www.blu-ray.com
I don't agree with your points.
First, the point about number of movies.
iTunes doesn't offer many more, and far less when it comes to hi def, which is in a much lower quality format anyway.
Want to bet that the number of BD titles increases much faster than the titles on iTunes, esp. if one is considering those semi hi def versions?
CD and DVD is used extensively, extensively, for backup of critical data such as artwork, photo's, video, etc.
The price issue is absurd. I have shown that the cost per disk was much higher for both Cd and DVD when they first came out. Your price sis also way off. It's not $20 per disk, if we're talking 25GB.
These prices will drop rapidly as adoption goes up. I don't believe you don't know that.
The format has been finalized a while ago. The idea that is is not is a myth. This has nothing to do with ver 2 players.
The last point is a non issue. The current plants are not producing anywhere near capacity. When they do, a year or more from now, I'll begin to wonder, assuming they don't increase their own capacity. This has nothing to do with the Chinese.
According to Jobs, Apple does NO market research. HE, and a very few others make all the marketing decisions.
This is an attempt on Apple;s part to move users to doenloard. It's pretty obvious.
When Apple feels itself being painted into a corner about this, then they will respond. So, yes, they do need the pressure from their customers. Pressure I KNOW they're getting from the pro market.