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Do you still get physical media?
« on: February 12, 2020, 02:39:01 PM »
I've not bought a blu-ray or DVD or anything tangible in years, mostly because everything streams now and it seems pointless to a degree. I just was thinking about how if I bought a movie via Amazon or a book through Audible, I only "own" it for as long as they want to keep it up, and just got me thinking. A lot of people seem to be content with just streaming, but I'm interested in your thoughts.

I still get real books, so less about the books.

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Re: Do you still get physical media?
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2020, 03:18:29 PM »
 I still get blu rays, video games, and books. I kind of like the cases and organizing them and what not. I understand why some just prefer streaming.

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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2020, 03:31:34 PM »
It’s funny.  Back in the day I started a huge DVD collection because I wanted to be able to watch something whenever I want.  Streaming offers that now, though everything is so spread between multiple platforms.  I still pick up a handful of movies but it gets les and less every year.  2018 I got about a dozen on Black Friday, which was the bulk of what I got for the year.  This year I think I got three.  I’ve also begun selling off some of my older stuff.

Video games I am split.  When my house was burglarized a few years back, I went on a kick of getting digital replacements but getting some of the physical cheaper, in addition to reading people’s panic about companies revoking rights had me getting some physical.  But gaming is something I cut back in general.

Music is something i absolutely cannot remember the last physical disc I got.  I remember toward the end of my physical disc buying days, Amazon was giving you a digital copy for buying the album, so I’d never open the physical thing.

Books are one thing I like the hard copy of.  Just prefer a real book to an e-reader.  I do have a couple things digitally, like when I found a series of world history books that would run over a hundred that I got for $1.99.  Rented a textbook for college coursework too as I rented the book I needed and bought a Kindle Fire to read it on cheaper than it would’ve cost to get the book.   But mainly, I prefer the traditional book.
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Re: Do you still get physical media?
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2020, 04:09:25 PM »
When I buy a book it’s always physical.

Video games are usually physical. If I’m paying $60 for a triple a title I’m going to want to actually hold something. But cheaper games or ones I want to dip in and out of are fine for downloadable.

Music. I only buy a couple albums every few years it seems. I still buy actual cds for just a few artists.

Movies. I have a big movie collection. I like owning it, but it’s been years since I’ve put a disc into a player from my own shelf. I still buy weird horror movies or off the wall stuff when I find something unique at goodwill or other thrift store. I could lose them all tomorrow and not miss them though.

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Re: Do you still get physical media?
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2020, 04:13:59 PM »
I stopped getting physical anything around the time I bought GTA 5 and it was fucked up literally every time I played. Don’t have to worry about that anymore.


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Re: Do you still get physical media?
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2020, 05:01:52 PM »
I prefer physical media but the last 2 vehicles we bought didn't even come with CD players so it's smartphone, radio, or MP3 plugins for music. Granted, we can still buy CDs and rip them to the player, but with iTunes store you can just download it directly.

For movies, I still buy movies that really resonate with me at the theaters.

I prefer physical books, they're easier on my eyes as opposed to the E-readers I've used (Ipad and Kindle Fire).

As far as video games, I'm mostly a retro gamer, so I definitely prefer cartridges but emulation comes in handy when traveling. With the newer systems, I do not like how quickly my PS4 filled up just with a few digital games (usually the monthly free game) and the stuff installed from physical games.

On the Switch, it is my wife's first ever system that's "hers" (they didn't game growing up). She's used to the instant gratification that comes from downloading a book/song/movie digitally and as such she's already filled up the Switch storage and had to buy an SD card to expand it. Now with that said, when I saw how small the Switch "cartridges" are, I got a little uneasy with their small size. I really wish Nintendo would have opted for discs that store in normal disc based containers. A single instance of forgetting to put the game back in the holder is a recipe for lost game.

I still visit 2nd hand stores any time I come across one. Some good deals to be had if you prefer physical media in a time when a lot of people are moving away from it.

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Re: Do you still get physical media?
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2020, 05:06:18 PM »
I still get books. I love the feeling of books, loooove it. I'll get some stuff from the library to cut back on expenses since we have a fantastic library system here but I can't imagine not buying physical books forever and keeping what I have. WHAT IF THE GOVERNMENT STARTS EDITING THE TRUTH!?

I was never a big collector of DVDs or CDs aside from Nirvana/Cash etc and while I still have those I'm not going going out of my way for more stuff. I got rid of all the burnt dvd's I had wrestling stored on and put it all on external HD ages ago. That saved a LOT of room...for more books.

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Re: Do you still get physical media?
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2020, 09:43:53 PM »
Yes across the board. If the movie is something I want to own, then I nab the DVD/BluRay. If the album is by a band I enjoy, I buy the disc. Physical copies of games are better because I can get a resale if I stop playing it.

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« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2020, 11:31:18 PM »
I tend to buy Blu-Rays/4Ks just because the quality is better than streaming and I still really like the bonus features/commentaries that come with them. It's also more convenient to throw in a disc then trying to find out whether Film X is streaming, which platform it's available on, etc.

I buy music CDs here and there, mostly for ripping purposes but also if I want to support a specific band.

Books are an obvious yes. A lot of times I'll highlight passages or make notes in them so that's a large reason why I prefer a physical copy as it's just easier to do so in it. The one advantage of e-readers though IMO is the ability to change font size, which is huge, especially for older folks who may struggle with their eyesight.

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« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2020, 12:04:39 AM »
I tend to buy Blu-Rays/4Ks just because the quality is better than streaming

This. I have a 4K Blu-Ray player so will buy movies for that. Everything else is pretty much streaming or downloads.

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« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2020, 12:35:29 AM »
I'm at a point in my life where I want to own less tangible things so other than the occasional book, streaming and downloading all the way for me. I have a pretty extensive collection of DVDs and CDs so that's enough of those 2 formats for me.

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Re: Do you still get physical media?
« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2020, 01:32:49 AM »
I buy books fairly regularly. Just not an e-reader/Kindle guy. I buy CDs a couple times a year. I don't think I've bought a Blu Ray or DVD in 3 or 4 years.

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Re: Do you still get physical media?
« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2020, 03:06:27 AM »
It's probably been at least 5 years since I bought a DVD. Never bought a Blu-Ray disc. 10+ years since I bought a CD.

I had a couple of Wii U and PS3 games on disc just because the used disc version is almost always cheaper than a digital edition.

As for books, I'm about 50/50 at this point.

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« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2020, 03:12:43 AM »
I love purchasing movies on Blu-Ray. There's just something about owning a physical copy of a film that appeals to me, plus the aforementioned special features and superior picture quality. I recently purchased a few books, but for the most part I just use my Kindle. I can't even remember the last time I bought a CD, since the presence of Spotify and the Bandcamp app, plust Youtube if said albums aren't on those services has made the idea of buying music obsolete. 

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« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2020, 03:33:54 AM »
Not as much as I used to, but I definitely still do buy blu-rays here and there, if I really love the film. Videogames, for sure.. there is still trade-in value with those.

Having stuff on digital/streaming is great, but it doesn't account for when shitty ISP's constantly go down for whatever reason.

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« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2020, 05:02:41 AM »
I think the last blu Ray I bought was in 2016. Didn't even feel like a conscious thing I just gradually stopped I guess

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« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2020, 08:12:57 AM »
I'll but the occasional DVD or Blu-ray if they're in the cheap bin. The local thrift store sells their DVDs for $1, so occasionally I'll find a movie in there that I'll want to watch and isn't on any streaming service I subscribe to. Otherwise I'll either stream it or pirate it. I did buy the Parasite Blu-ray, though, since I wanted to watch it and it wasn't yet available to rent On Demand and I wanted subtitles I knew were good.

If I'm going to buy a book, I'll buy the physical copy. I've never read an ebook.

I can't remember the last time I bought a new CD.

With video games, I almost always opt for a physical version, at least on consoles. I'll check the Switch eShop or PSN store for sales once in a while and grab some stuff on there if its a good enough deal. Basically all my PC games are through Steam or whatever.

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Re: Do you still get physical media?
« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2020, 02:52:50 PM »
I will never buy a book I can't hold and carry and put on a shelf. Anything else feels wrong. Besides I think and ebook would wreck my shitty vision. Since the slow rebuilding of the record collection (vinyl) I don't think I have bought a CD since 2008.

I guess my feeling is that there's a security in actually holding something, owning it, having it right there. I stopped getting blu-rays a long time ago because I was a little paranoid about the market just dying for good as soon as I start getting heavy into it. But I absolutely LOVE watching what seems like the first print of a movie, if that makes sense.

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« Reply #18 on: February 13, 2020, 03:05:52 PM »
I stopped getting blu-rays a long time ago because I was a little paranoid about the market just dying for good as soon as I start getting heavy into it.

I get what you mean. Everytime I think about buying a movie or replacing a DVD or old VHS in my collection with a blu-ray, I think the next viewing format is gonna pop up overnight and I'll have to start over.

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« Reply #19 on: February 13, 2020, 03:07:33 PM »
With different printing and editions, you do have the argument of keeping things intact or as they were originally released.  Like, I read recently that Lucas had edited Star Wars masters to the point even if they wanted to, Disney does not have non-Special Edition stuff to release.  So I still have my untainted VHS tapes but I have no idea how I would watch a VHS at this point.

I have the WWF released version of Wrestlemania X-Seven, so nowhere close to the cuts and edits of dialogue, music and other pieces that would be on the Network.

Similarly, in the past year all channels pulled the Simpsons episode with “Lisa, It’s Your Birthday” due to all the Michael Jackson allegations resurfacing and Disney cut a casting couch joke from the credits of Toy Story 2 in the past year.  With Toy Story, I had no recollection of this scene but the original DVDs I have means I can go see what all the fuss was about that I wouldn’t see with Disney+ or the home media being sold now.
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Re: Do you still get physical media?
« Reply #20 on: February 14, 2020, 08:39:34 AM »
A couple of years ago I was still buying CD's on clearance from Best Buy. 
I'm probably 75% physical/25% digital when it comes to games unless it's a PC game then it's 100% digital.
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« Reply #21 on: February 14, 2020, 09:41:56 AM »
I think I'm 50/50 when it comes to video games nowadays.  I only buy a DVD/Blu Ray if it's cheap or something I can't stream as easily or just want to have.

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Re: Do you still get physical media?
« Reply #22 on: February 14, 2020, 12:15:29 PM »
The last physical game I got was for PC and just literally was a disc that downloaded it from Steam.

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« Reply #23 on: February 16, 2020, 01:05:07 PM »
Music - Basically never.

Movies/TV - It depends on price, if it is something I really like and would rewatch many times and don't want to risk streaming taking it off, and if it is available in any other format (some films, particularly older ones can be really hard to find in non-physical). 

Video Games - Whatever is cheaper.  This can go either way.

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« Reply #24 on: February 17, 2020, 11:59:21 AM »
Here's something I never got into: audiobooks. Anyone use those? I'm all about reading on my Kindle but can't imagine just having a book narrated to me. I still need to read actual words.