Online Movie Rentals

Apple iTunes Online Store

iTunesApple iTunes online store is a great place where you can download media online for your iPod. You can also enjoy movies, music, and TV shows on your computer if you want to. But there are some advantages and disadvantages that you need to be aware of so that you can decide if this is the best option for you.


Okay, we all know that Apple iTunes online store provides excellent service and products. The iPod was invented and iTunes was the vehicle in which an iPod could be stocked with media. At first it was music. But now iTunes allows you to do so much more.

You can:

• Download movies online without the worry of contracting a computer virus.
• The prices are less than having to buy a DVD.
• The library is incredible. New releases and some old are available.

So yes, there is a lot that you can do with iTunes. It is rather exciting. However, there are some disadvantages.


The disadvantages are what still encourage people to see their entertainment through other means, especially when it comes to movies. Those disadvantages are:

• Anything that you purchase from Apple iTunes online store, including movies, can only be played on your computer. You can make a backup disk, but you cannot play the content elsewhere.
• If you watch on your computer, you’re going to tie up your computer. If you watch on your iPod, the screen is very small.
• The quality is not what it would be if you were watching the movie on DVD and there may be sound issues as well.

Download and streaming versus the real thing

So now that brings you to the point in which you have to weigh whether or not you want to watch a movie on your computer or iPod or on your television. Yes, some individuals can equip their computers to have a dual screen function in which one application can run on a television through the TV-out function, but this can slow down the computer if you’re trying to get something done.

There are video services such as Netflix and Blockbuster that allow you to rent DVDs from them. They come straight to your door and you simply mail them back when you’re done, even if it takes you a month to be done. With Blockbuster, you can take your DVD to an area store if you do not want to wait a day or so for your new rental to come through the mail.

By using a DVD rental service such as these, you can use iTunes for music instead of movies, do what you need to do on your computer, and watch a movie all at the same time. Granted it may be a little busy in your neck of the woods, but it is your right to have it all the way you want. And it is important to note that rental services are quite affordable…usually less than $20 per month to have as many rentals as you can fit into a month.

All of this should give you something to think about.

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