I have a binder of over 300 of my favorite movies. But I never touch them. Because I’d rather watch them in HD from Netflix, or, for about a half dozen of them, I’ve repurchased them in HD from iTunes.
When spending money on media, you always run the risk of holding an outdated format. Today, none of our computers have an optical drive. What good are all the CDs I own?
We’re at yet another transition period. The Dark Knight Rises comes out on Tuesday and I’d love to own it. But in what format? Blu-ray offers the best quality, and is fairly cheap. But iTunes gives me a digital copy I can play on my AppleTV and iPad. Will I even own a Blu-ray player in a few years?
Perhaps the best way around this situation is to not own anything at all. Paying a subscription fee to Netflix, Rdio, and Hulu future proofs you. It’s not as convenient (ie I can’t watch Batman on release day), but it will probably end up being cheaper in the long run.