So, I started downloading videos and movies for the Xbox Zune marketplace a while ago. I actually liked the service. They offered a lot of the movies in HD, 1080p for streaming, and had them available the day the movies came out. Personally I want to eventually go to a complete digital library but these companies keep screwing it up. Now Microsoft has just annouced that they are dropping Zune Marketplace for music and replacing it with Xbox music. The issue though is that Zune Marketplace now incorporates more than just music. It has Movies, TV Shows, Podcast, etc. So are there going to be two services now? Xbox Music for the music, and Zune Marketplace for the videos? Is Zune Marketplace going away completely? If so what is going to happen to the videos and movies? Is Xbox Music going to provide all those other services including video the same way Zune did? I need to know about what is going to happen to the video before I purchase another video from Zune Marketplace.
Another thing I was looking at. Microsoft is pushing for purchases with of movies through their service. However the Xbox only has a 250gb HD. That may seem like a lot, but the HD Videos are almost 10gb. To make matters worse most of the movies when you purchase them lets you know that the movie will only be available for streaming for a short period of time. It lets you know that if you don't download it by that time you lose access to that movie. This creates a problem because its MY movie, I paid for it. The problem is that with almost 10gb per movie, that only leaves me enough space for like 20-25 movies. This is NOT enough for someone trying to create a digital library.
This could be EASILY solved by allowing us the OPTION of using an external HD but the Xbox does not allow you to do so. So my other question is does the Playstation allow you to use an External HD to download movies to from THEIR sevice? I'm asking because I want to create a digital library and the only other options are the playstation network, Amazon's network, and iTunes. Amazon does not offer most of their movies for download in HD. iTunes is cool, but overall I don't like Apple's restrictions. However, it seems like the other companies like Microsoft are forcing me toward Apple and iTunes as it seems to be the only true viable option right now for creating a digital library. At least with AppleTv and Airplay I could download all my movies to my computer, have it stored on an external drive, and then Airplay my movies on my big screen TV through AppleTV.
Anybody else using their Xbox for other media features like this and have any other suggestions?
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