Downloading for Dollars

You’ve probably noticed that I’ve been doing some writing about the new video iPod lately. After David’s comment to the latter entry, I’ve become intrigued by the video iPod less as a viewing technology and more as a means of distribution. Now I know that the video iPod will be used for watching movies, but the 2.5″ screen limits the number of locations (on the subway, waiting for an airplane or in a doctor’s office) where watching will be pleasurable. Instead, the video iPod is more valuable as an incredibly cheap means of distribution, allowing studios to dodge many of the expensive costs of producing DVDs, as this “Downloading for Dollars” article by Edward Jay Epstein argues. I’ve been writing about this topic often lately, so just didn’t want to lose the link.

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