- I don't own many movies anymore because I'm streaming on Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes.
- I don't own many books anymore because I'm buying digitally from Amazon and iTunes.
- I don't own many albums anymore because I'm streaming on Spotify and Pandora.
Each of these services are riddled with DRM, but it doesn't bother me. I get what I want at really great prices.
And this is where opinions differ,l because this bothers me, a lot. Consumers are giving up a TON of control over the content they spend money on in exchange for not a whole lot.
What if this digital download trend is leading to "software-as-a-service" for everything?
It absolutely is, and it's a really really disturbing thing to watch as the steps there are taken. Microsoft is clearly all on board with it so much so as to make their new Office offerings "Cloud based". Word processing with a subscription. This is the future, and honestly, it's kind of sucky.