Jason Smith

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A download he can touch

Situation:
It's my youngest son's second birthday and I want to give him Toy
Story 3 as a present.

Problem:
I hate watching/owning discs any more. Aside from the scratching they
receive at the hands of a toddler, it's just too much hassle to get
up, get the disc, open the DVD player, insert the disc, sit back down.
(First world problems!) I prefer scrolling through my movie collection
from my couch via the Apple TV and just pressing PLAY.

Solution:
Disc manufacturers are catching on to this, and occasionally offering
data discs with your purchase of a DVD, Blu Ray or whatever. SWEET, I
thought to myself. Give disc to Israel for his birthday, he enjoys the
unwrapping ceremony, I copy the data disc onto iTunes and shelve the
discs, never to see the light of day again, and we enjoy watching Toy
Story 3 (over and over and over) on the iPad, iPhone or Apple TV for
the rest of eternity.

Problem:
Sold out everywhere. I could buy Blu Ray, DVD, Blu Ray 3D and Blu Ray
DVD combo... But no data discs anywhere.

Solution:
I buy the movie on iTunes, burn a backup copy to disc (legally), and
insert said disc into a DVD case to wrap and present to young Israel
for his 30 seconds of unwrapping ecstasy.

Come to think of it, this might even solve that problem I had of not
being able to lend movies to people anymore like I could in the good
old days of DVD's. I'd better check the iTunes fine print.



To burn a backup copy of your iTunes movies, stick a blank DVD in your
DVD burner, create a playlist in iTunes on your computer, drag the purchased movie into that playlist,
click on the playlist, then select "File" (up the top), then "burn
playlist to disc".

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