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    iTunes a ripoff

    Firstly, they overcharge for old films that are 2/3 decades old. For example, I just paid 6.99 for Robocop in SD. I really wanted to watch the film because its one of my all time favorites and I hadn't seen it in ages. But the film I am sure is shown on TV now and then because its old and am not really sure how iTunes can justify charging 6.99. I could understand 4.99 for such and old film and 1.50 for rental (maybe 1.99).

    Also, another thing I find is that sometmes I download apps on two different iPads and, despite stating that you won't be charged when you download the second time, I find myself charged again each time. I then have to go through the trouble of getting a refund.

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    They charge that much because people pay it. Maybe that is your only option? Me, I
    own it on DVD so I will never pay for it again.

    Are both iPads on the same apple ID?
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    Dont buy it then!!!!

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    Yeah, I don't use them for much of anything other than apps. I have Netflix and Hulu for streaming needs and then a healthy blu ray library for movie watching.

    They are pricey but as the other poster said.... Don't buy anything from them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hivoltage View Post
    Dont buy it then!!!!
    Yea, i'm going to have to agree with you on that. Personally, I think paying $15 to go to the movies now days is a ripoff soooo......I do not go to them.
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    Yes both iPads are indeed on the same ID. I didn't mind paying 6.99 because its a still a great film, but I have resisted buying other good films from the Eighties and Nineties because I felt they overcharging. Good thing some of these films come on TV from time to time (channels like Film4) and so can always record it. Recorded Trading Places with Eddie Murphy yesterday but was actually considering buying it from iTunes a few days before because I wasn't aware it was going to be on TV.

    But I so like the convenience of just attaching HDMI cable to the iPad and connecting it to the the big TV and watching that way. You can forward and rewind to exact scenes of a film so quickly.

    But I've decided to to buy a storage device and connect it to the TV and record films (and The Simpsons on Channel 4) from now on and build up a library of all the great films.
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    It is only recently that Movies became a part of the pay once download forever content deal. Not all studios are onboard, and it may not always be retroactive. I know a lot of people really hate iTunes, but the safest bet is to download them on the computer and sync them to your devices. Assuming that is an option.

    I've never bought a movie from iTunes. At the rate I consume movies I'd fill up my hard drive fast, and with my internet connection it takes too long to download them for online storage to be convenient. Even rental is too much of a pain (I've done that) when I can rent a DVD for about the same price.

    I have bought a few TV series though, and long ago deleted them from the hard drive. It is nice to know that I could download them gain if I wanted to, but again, it is not convenient enough, yet.

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    Amazon are asking 5 for the DVD - is that a rip-off too? Or you could pick up a used one from eBay for a couple of quid. Rip them to the quality and format of your choice, and it's just like the download - but all you've saved is a couple of quid, and it's taken an hour of your time plus however long it takes the DVD to be delivered - so I'd say that iTunes is charging you for the convenience of having it *now* in the right format, with all the artwork etc...

    To me, that sounds pretty good for a couple of quid...

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    Another thing to mention here is that some of the so called 'HD' films have only marginal picture quality improvement over SD films. I don't know if the HD version of the same film on dvds is much better though.

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    I like iTunes for music and apps, but there isn't a lot of value in the movies or TV shows. Of course, I'm just speaking for me.


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