Originally Posted by purdyd
The days of owning physical media are over you will either download it or stream it on a rental basis
To me the thing that makes the most sense for legacy stuff, records, CDs,etc is to digitize/rip it and pit it onto a hard disc and connect that to the receiver
I don't think so
Vinyl made a resurgence among audiophiles and Blu-ray & DVD's will be around for a LONG time.
Routine downloading/streaming makes NO sense when
1) large rural areas of the US still have limited or no access to broadband internet
2) broadband may only be limited to 500kbps - 1 mbps
3) wireless can be still be slow, flaky or hacked. My wife's ipod sometimes loses connection 40 ft away from my hi-speed router. She's been complaining about that lately.
4) on top of that, the pipeline noticeably slows down when 2 of us are online at the same time, all with >20 mbps access, 100 mb to the router & gigabit switch.
5) increasing security concerns from malware infected files, ads, etc. I've dealt with that issue on multiple work & home PC's too many times to open the door to even more tainted media files from the internet. I've even got snakebit from ads on mainstream sites like CNN, MSNBC, Comcast's own web portal page. And I'm going to give these a-sholes even more opportunity to put trojans on my PC's, and networked devices? I don't think so.
6) discs & I'll throw in media storage devices like ipods are nearly 100% reliable, convenient, and ubiquitous. why bother spending thousands for NAS, server, RAID reduncancy, and become your own IT dept to manage what it would take to ensure the integrity of your files and reliable streaming. I have the knowledge AND the experience to do it. What I don't have is the offline time to spend doing it.
And I believe the vast majority of the public neither have the knowledge, learning capability, time or willingness to do this as a total replacement for some form of media. I include ipods and similar because they are ubiquitous and are physically connected playback system to cans, buds or an AV system. While NAS, RAID setups, servers are a whole different level of complexity. Streamers - also a different story, relatively easy to use but all the above limitations apply, on speed, access to content from one source (almost impossible). So you'd end up with multiple streamers for the channels and sources you'd want - that sounds like about the same as multiple players and media to me
Bottom line - it just ain't practical yet across the board for everybody
Plus, I really have NO desire to spend thousands on a kaleidascope-type system nor the desire to deal with windows bootup, load times, etc on a HTPC.
Redigitizing vinyl - doable if you own a few dozen or maybe even a 100 LP's. I've got LP's going back as far as pre-1972. Probably a thousand or more, I can't even count. I'm am DEFINITELY NOT going to spend every waking hour of my life digitizing them, and about 600-700 CD's, SACD's and DVD-A's I own.
I'm not a luddite by any stretch of the imagination but what you say may look good on paper but in reality it's hogwash and I'm being polite
It may work for 20, 30 & 40 yr old somethings but for old farts like me who've been collecting, enjoying and preserving for 40 years, it's not a practical solution, unless I retire now and start.
Our former IT network admin spent at least 1 whole year digitizing onto a multiple terrabyte NAS and server setup his entire CD collection. No thanks!!! When I can plop a disc into a tray & hit play, what's the point of all that wasted time
Rip a dozen CD's and some files to an ipod? sure, no problem, easy and now it's portable. But most have a life besides working behind a PC