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awolfsquared
May 22nd, 2013, 11:02 PM
Did you prefer having a physical copy of something (album/movie/song/other media) or a digital copy of something?

In recent years, multimedia is becoming more available through a digital download or online streaming. With things such as cloud and digital download, it seems like more people are downloading songs/albums/movies/other media, and physically owning or buying something is becoming a thing of the past. Though there are still many who enjoy actually owning something as CD and DVD sales are still high. And it seems vinyl records are making a comeback too as well since more albums are also being released on vinyl than they were 5-10 years ago. So that brings me to ask this question. Which do you prefer, a physical copy or a digital copy?

I personally prefer buying and owning a physical copy of something, specifically for albums. If I could buy more CDs, I would cause to me it's really nice having something physical to own. The feeling of owning something in real life is far more greater than buying and owning it digitally. Although a good majority of my music library is from CDs I borrowed from the library and one I don't actually own, I'd still buy more of my media physically if I could. And even though digital copies will last longer than a physical CDs, movie or game, owning it for real, feel more special to me. Even when everything's digital, I'm still buying physical copies of things cause I like being able to say, "Yeah I have that album/game/whatever".

How about you guys?

I figured this would work better here in GE than anywhere else. Though since could apply to also games and other stuff, mods do feel free to move it if you feel otherwise.

Aurora
May 23rd, 2013, 05:55 AM
I much prefer having digital copies of music to physical copies, as I can take my digital copies anywhere I wish, whereas physical copies would be restricted to the car (lol) or the home environment.

Physical copies of movies, however, are far better than digital copies -- I would rather watch my movie on a large, HD television screen than a crammed 4 inch display on, say, my phone (even the 10.1 inch display the Samsung Galaxy Tab offers would be negligible). I suppose you can download your movie and then use a USB to play it via the television, but...

I will not use digital books (e-books) until print becomes obsolete (which won't be happening for a long time). I despise the small displays of e-readers and would much rather read a book on paper than stare at a little, 7 inch screen.

Kyrul
May 23rd, 2013, 06:07 AM
I much prefer having digital copies of music to physical copies, as I can take my digital copies anywhere I wish, whereas physical copies would be restricted to the car (lol) or the home environment.

Physical copies of movies, however, are far better than digital copies -- I would rather watch my movie on a large, HD television screen than a crammed 4 inch display on, say, my phone (even the 10.1 inch display the Samsung Galaxy Tab offers would be negligible). I suppose you can download your movie and then use a USB to play it via the television, but...

I will not use digital books (e-books) until print becomes obsolete (which won't be happening for a long time). I despise the small displays of e-readers and would much rather read a book on paper than stare at a little, 7 inch screen.

Well if your laptop has a hdmi out port you could always play it on your tv in HD. But still, owning physically copies just feels a lot more rewarding.

Honestly, I don't own much CDs, I pretty much just listen to the radio. Since all I listen too is country music and late 90's - early 2000's rock music. I can pretty much find all those songs I like on the radio.

Recluse
May 23rd, 2013, 06:51 AM
As much as having something like that physically makes me feel awesome, I got used to having those things in digital version.

awolfsquared
May 23rd, 2013, 07:27 AM
But still, owning physically copies just feels a lot more rewarding.

See yup, that's the thing for me too. Going out to buy and then own a physical copy of something (even video games now since some systems allow to download a game from the system.) feels more rewarding to me. Sure you can't take a CD or DVD and know that taking my iPod full of MP3s is easier, but something is really gratifying about owning something physically.

Weeaboo Name
May 23rd, 2013, 09:56 AM
Digital if I'm stealing, physical if I'm buying.

Although I haven't tried stealing physical copies, perhaps that would be best of all.

Esper
May 23rd, 2013, 09:56 AM
If everything were equal in price I'd rather have a physical copy for the things I like the most. I want to have a physical copy that I can watch, lsiten to, etc. whenever I want, but I also like the space-saving you get with digital media.

I do worry about 'the cloud' and all media eventually moving to subscription. I want to pay for something once and be able to use it as much as I want, however I want, and I don't want advertisements strewn through everything.

JayD
May 23rd, 2013, 10:08 AM
I prefer having physical copies of movies, since I like collecting movies myself. But as for music goes, it's pretty hard to find the albums of the artists I like since they're not well known compared to the mainstream artist. So I have to download them.

Cordelia
May 23rd, 2013, 12:55 PM
I voted for physical, that only really means in the form of games and the like, lol. I didn't even think that this was in GE. For movies, I prefer digital copies since they are free (for me, trololo) and it's a pain to store my current 400+ dvd/blu ray collection right now anyway! And CDs, I threw out all of my CDs like six or so years ago and I've been using mp3s since then.

Sweets Witch
May 23rd, 2013, 04:26 PM
Gotta go with physical, although with music I generally don't care whether it's physical or digital. Movies have to be physical, though. If I like a movie enough to buy it then I want a copy that I can actually own and hold in my hands because with digital copies I can get the same feeling from pirating or streaming it.

awolfsquared
May 23rd, 2013, 05:06 PM
I didn't even think that this was in GE.

Yeah I wasn't sure where to put it. Since it's about music and movie, and lot of other media of entertainment, it could belong in GE. Though could also fit in Internet & Technology since digital media in a way is a type of technology and so are CDs , video games and DVDs. So if a mod does think it fits here, they can move it where fit.

@Sweets Witch; I really don't care either way with music either, but I still love the feeling of physically owning an album.

antemortem
May 23rd, 2013, 05:15 PM
I prefer a physical copy, that way I know I could have it on me at all times and can take it anywhere. A digital copy could be deleted in the blink of an eye with a computer fault/error or something and I just don't like not being able to control something like that, whereas it's pretty easy to keep a physical copy safe somewhere, y'know? I'm really crazy about this with games. It's a lot harder to have a digital copy of a game lost, such as on a 3DS, but if it's stored on a memory card, said card could be lost or damaged. D:

TwilightBlade
May 23rd, 2013, 05:36 PM
I fancy physical copies because I can reassure myself that I actually have the game/movie. I could run into an error when downloading a digital version. Call it paranoia, if you want. I don't know a thing about technology! I only download games if it's cheaper or I cannot be bothered with going to Walmart first.

I bought a CD once, but I forgot it in the music player in a rental car. Derp. I never bought a CD again for myself!

Limerent
May 23rd, 2013, 05:54 PM
I'd have to agree with a lot of people here and say physical copies for games and movies, digital for music. There is something pleasant about having a shelf full of disc cases, what would you store there without it? Cheap preowned games are also easier to buy for people with less income :)

TRIFORCE89
May 23rd, 2013, 07:19 PM
Physical. I own it. And can make it digital

Brendino
May 25th, 2013, 12:16 AM
Anything but music I prefer to have physical copies of. Whether it be movies, books, video games, etc., I'd much rather have the real thing, since digital files are at a higher risk of having issues (and if I paid for it, I'd really hate to have to download it all over again).

R.F.
May 25th, 2013, 03:31 AM
I'd say physical copies for some reasons:
1. I own something that I can show everywhere ("Hey, see, what I got here", kinda ^^)
2. I like making backups and backups of my backups and backups of my backups of my backups and making them from physical copies is kinda more legal than from digital ones (well it depends which digital store, streams, etc. you use for digital copies)
3. you can read a book even if there is no electricity
4. my internet is really bad; downloading sometimes takes forever...
5. I don't own a credit card and nothing similar, so it's hard for me to get digital copies without pirating

Unfortunatly digital copies are often more cheaper than physical ones...

Sylphiel
May 27th, 2013, 09:15 AM
About half and half for me, but I think I fancy digital just a little bit more. Having a physical copy is nice and all that (especially for games), but having a digital copy means I can't scratch it, or accidentally ruin it, or-- well, I guess I could still lose it somehow if I forget where I put the files or if my systems suddenly go...

But yeah. Either or works for me, though I like the convenience of digital copies quite a lot.

Amore
May 27th, 2013, 02:05 PM
I definitely prefer having a physical copy. Although as Sylphiel says, they can get scratched (sadly happened to my Wombats CD, and with slightly less devastating effects to a few others due to a dodgy in-car CD player). But for albums it's much nicer having the case with the CD and book in. Sadly I have recently increasingly downloaded my music due to practicalities (other than the supermarkets, I have to travel 20 miles to get CDs. Which may not be far in America, Australia etc. but in England it's pretty appalling), and having my debit card linked to iTunes (so far haven't succumbed to buying any donuts on Simpsons' Tapped Out, may have to kill myself if I ever do :P ).
For singles though, I wouldn't want physical copies. I have a couple of McFly and Busted ones, and it just seems a waste of space for 2-3 tracks.
What I don't understand is this thing about old-fashioned records. I've heard some authentic 50s ones on a similar-aged record player, and it's awful quality if you don't position the needle perfectly. And they're a bit cumbersome as well - they take up a greater area than my laptop does (when closed, open it's about 50/50 if I could get my screen flat).

EDIT: I think physical / digital could be an age thing though - my brother's two years younger than me and hasn't bought a CD since 2005 as far as I'm aware. And although he's not as into music as me, I'm sure he's upated his library since then :)

Muani
May 27th, 2013, 02:35 PM
Digital.

My parents do not like to buy anything.. and I lose things easily.

If it's on my computer, I don't have to worry about any of that stuff.

Harley Quinn
May 28th, 2013, 04:11 AM
Although having a physical copy of anything is wonderful and it always makes me feel good when I have one, I simply do not believe in owning a physical copy of an album or a movie if I can get it digitally. Even better, why pay for it when I could just download it? I very rarely use the physical copies of anything outside of games nowadays, because I've more or less gone digital with everything. It's much neater for me and I like having a near-infinite collection of movies and music, lol.
I don't really game that much, because I'm either too busy or I don't care, but yeah, I've always preferred having a physical copy of the game over a downloaded one because it just complicates things, lmao. The controls are too much to work with, I get frustrated, I hate the game, goodbye.

Talli
May 28th, 2013, 08:05 AM
I prefer both because I lose it on my computer I will still have it in my room to put it back.

h0tshot1025
June 5th, 2013, 11:50 PM
For my games, I prefer physical copies. I love collecting the boxes, actually.
I don't have a 3DS yet but I've heard that games are only console-tied, which sucks because if you lose your 3DS, you are toast @_@

Tetrakeet
June 6th, 2013, 06:46 AM
Physical, it's good to have a back up just in case. I feel more confident that a DVD will last more so than a mechanical hard drive which tends to fail a lot. Course that may not be much of an issue once SSD prices come down. Still, even then, there is viruses that could threaten my software so I prefer to have a physical copy around just in case.

When it comes to consoles/portables, I may purchase a digital copy (I've done so 3 times so far) if the game is hard to find or if I'm too lazy to go to the store. I usually regret this later though because it eats up SD card or HDD space. >_< For some games digital may be the only way to do it. The PSP seems notorious for having digital only copies. :|

Brizz
June 6th, 2013, 09:25 AM
While most of the music on my iPhone has come straight from iTunes, I've recently started buying my albums at the local entertainment store as well as borrowing albums from one of my friends who has a very large collection.

Amore
June 6th, 2013, 11:43 AM
Even better, why pay for it when I could just download it?

Umm...to support the music industry? (Or games, or whatever). I mean, you could argue stealing from Coldplay etc. isn't going to make much of a difference, but it does to smaller bands trying to gain a living from making music.

Admittedly, I use to download...but now I always pay or stream. Just seems wrong not to.

King Goodra
June 6th, 2013, 03:25 PM
I don't care as long as I have it. Digital is faster and more convenient so I usually go with that.

danks_
June 16th, 2013, 06:31 AM
I voted for physical copy when it comes to music, I really can't stand low quality songs, some songs I've bought over the internet have lost just so much more when you compare them to the physical copy using the same setup for both. I'd buy all my music digitally if everything was available in high quality/loss less, but not everything is possible...

As of movies and other kind of media, totally going for digital, I just I've made enough backups of everything and hope for the best.

nimbo
June 17th, 2013, 05:58 AM
I love having physical copies, but sometimes I am too impatient and buy the digital one.

Powerserge
June 17th, 2013, 06:44 AM
Call me old-fashioned, but I love being able to hold the media in my hand and call it my own. I also like to have plenty of stuff to show off in my house, so yeah, the two traits compliment each other.

"Here, allow me to show you my Laserdisc collection....it's vintage and awesome."

diab_low
June 19th, 2013, 06:04 AM
Well for me it depends. when you talk about movies and music I prefer to have a digital copy. On the other hand when it comes to books I prefer the physical copy then you can truly appreciate the work done and put in the book.

Felly
June 29th, 2013, 03:57 PM
For music, I don't really mind having the digital copy, especially since I generally buy it through iTunes anyways.

For books & video games, I definitely want the physical copy. At least if something happens to my game system, I won't have to worry about losing all of my games as well.

Mecheon
July 28th, 2013, 02:38 AM
For true keepsakes, I prefer having a physical copy. This is not to say I dislike digital copies so much. Digital copies are great because they are transferable and many can be contained in a small, portable electronic player. However, I grew up around corporeality, so physical copies are closer to home.

Purple Materia
July 28th, 2013, 02:52 AM
Being able to put my anime, DVDs, CDs, and games on a shelf really means a lot to me. :)

I much prefer having physical copies to digital copies.

Rai
July 28th, 2013, 10:07 PM
Physical. I hate downloading stuff. I feel that I don't own music or a movie unless I can hold a legitimate copy in my hands. The only time I download anything is if a physical copy is extremely difficult to find.

이큐리
July 29th, 2013, 04:50 AM
I prefer to have physical copies of movies/shows/CDs/whatever.
I'm a big collector of DVDs/Blu-rays/CDs. There's just something I really like about seeing a shelf full of my favorite movies/shows/books/CDs.

Kura
July 29th, 2013, 12:01 PM
Honestly it depends on the thing.. like I love physical copies of artbooks because the print is more true to what the artwork is supposed to be like..

But I would've said physical in general.. however having to move has left me having to leave a lot of my stuff behind which is a bit sad.. so that's why I am saying digital nowadays.

Satoshi Ookami
July 29th, 2013, 11:39 PM
If it's something I REALLY like, I want to have physical copy.
Other than that, I'm okay with digital ones =)

curiousnathan
July 29th, 2013, 11:58 PM
Why would I buy something physically if I can get it for free digitally?

Boilurn
July 30th, 2013, 06:36 AM
This is a rather interesting question. Most of the time I go for the cheapest option, rather than decide whether to go to that shop to buy it or not. Most of the time I usually go digitally, because I'll be able to find out the price straight away so that I can make a decision. On the other hand some music shops may possibly be on the verge of closing down so maybe the prices will be cheaper in the shops than it is digitally.

Aeroblast
August 2nd, 2013, 09:37 AM
I prefer physical copies, having played with cartridges for many years. Collecting the boxes look nice and it actually feels like you have something. Especially with 3DS where digital copies are locked to your handheld, I prefer having a physical copy because if you lose the 3DS with tons of video games then what? It's one of Nintendo's business practice that I really don't understand.

Ace.
August 3rd, 2013, 08:44 PM
I voted for digital but I think it really depends on the situation. For example, I'd rather put songs in my Laptop then rather buying an entire CD since there might be some songs I won't like but on the other hand if you want to watch a Movie through your TV then obviously you'll need a psychical copy. Even for Video Games you'll most likely need to buy the physical copy for that but since things are getting more advanced maybe you wont need to buy games in the future. But it just feels awesome to have a physical copy since you can claim it as yours.

Zero°
August 3rd, 2013, 08:56 PM
Why would I buy something physically if I can get it for free digitally?

I love you for this. That quote pretty much sums up my thoughts though, free is the best thing ever. And because it's digital I can transfer it between my many electronic devices.

Andrew
August 3rd, 2013, 08:59 PM
It depends. When it comes to music, I'm all digital. It's easier to just have it all stored on a computer than to have a disc. Plus, if your hard drive goes bad, you just have to redownload it once you solve that problem. If you lose a disc, you're out of luck and have to buy a new one.

When it comes to movies and games (minus PC games), I usually go physical. High Definition movies and games are usually above 4GB, and with my internet speed, it's just easier to purchase a physical copy. It would take me upwards of 10 hours to download an 8GB game, and when I want to buy a game, I want to buy and play. Not buy and wait. However, with the new feature in the next-gen consoles where you can play as you download, I might just go all digital on everything.

Aeroblast
August 3rd, 2013, 09:12 PM
Why would I buy something physically if I can get it for free digitally?

Free games? I'd love to know where I can get those.

Or are you talking about something different? I don't get it but I can go all-out dumb sometimes so there must be something I'm missing.