Originally Posted by 2Channel
The record companies were saying the same thing when MP3 downloads came on the scene.
It's easier to download illegally than to walk into a store and walk out with a CD via five-finger discount.
Is the movie buying public intrinsically different from the music buying public?
Yes. But if you were to offer ONLY music downloads at the same price as store-bought CDs, you wouldn't see the same numbers. And no, kids don't care about movies as much as which goofy pop star has a new CD out. The demographic changes with music and movies, and therefore the quality requirements change (increase) hence this discussion.
Don't get me wrong, I like buying CD's and I don't download music, but I realize that I'm in the minority on this. When you look at how CD has had a hard time competing, it doesn't bode well for HDM down the road. CD has had two advantages over downloads, better quality and no DRM. Even so, it has continued to loose market share. HDM offers less of a value proposition.
Again, it's hard to compete against free, regardless of item. Realize that you cannot have this conversation without Nappyster and the like permeating the discussion. Normal, CD quality downloads at CD prices wouldn't have the same foothold. If you bring up iTunes as an example why it would work, then we need to explore which delivery service is going to facilitate these downloads--at true HD quality.