A look at Amazon, Vudu, iTunes, and Google Play for digital videos

32" Vizio TV set

Update (10/16/17): I’ve written an updated post about digital movie stores. Back in 2014, I wrote about the various digital video services available that sell or rent digital videos. While Netflix, Hulu, and similar streaming services are convenient, some may still want to either rent or buy TV shows/movies. Yes, DVDs and Blu-Rays are still available, … Read more

My choice of music services (fall 2014)

iPod Classic

Here’s an update of a previous post I’d written about what music services I use. These days, my choice of music/audio services include: TuneIn Radio I’ve written about TuneIn Radio before. TuneIn’s quite useful in letting me listen to NPR streaming audio on my phone. The Pro version is only a dollar, but gets rid of … Read more

To kill an MP3 legend: the death of the iPod Classic

iPod Classic

This felt important enough to justify its own blog post, separate from today’s other Apple news. A revision of Apple’s site reveals that the long-overdue has finally happened: Apple’s stopped selling the iPod Classic, the last of its iconic 2000s-era clickwheel iPods. The iPod Classic was the direct descendant of the original iPod, introduced on October 23, … Read more

The best digital video store for cross-platform support?

How to Train Your Dragon 2

I’ve written previously on the issues surrounding digital media support if one happens to not have all of one’s devices in the same “walled garden”/”ecosystem.” In my case, my current devices consist of: a Mac Mini; an Xbox 360; a Nexus 4 smartphone; a Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 tablet; a Chromebook; a Roku streaming … Read more

Blu-ray vs. digital media stores: which option’s better for multiple mixed-OS devices?

MacBook Air on a table

Lately, I’ve been considering going to high definition for future movie and TV show purchases. Between the direction things are moving, my owning an HDTV set, and that the HD version of “Wreck-It Ralph” I’ve seen looks a lot better than my DVD version does, I figure it’s time to make the move. But what … Read more

Apple’s big tech news: revamps for the Mac Pro and iOS 7, announcement of OS X “Maverick”

MacBook Air on a table

This week, Apple announced a slew of new product information. While multiple tech sites have covered everything in detail, I thought I’d give my reactions toward the bigger news points announced, though more thorough reactions won’t come until I can see the products in person. iOS 7 iOS is getting a big revamp for version … Read more

This week with the Mac Mini: my choice of music services

MacBook Air on a table

Reviving the “this week with the Mac Mini” series of posts, I thought I’d give an update on my fall 2012 blog post about my choice of music services, since it was written before I made the Mac move. These days, my choice of music/audio services include: TuneIn Radio I’ve written about TuneIn Radio before. … Read more

Digital comics alternatives to Comixology

Adventures of Superman (digital)

Note (7/7/17): I’ve written an updated version of this post here. While Comixology’s come to become the dominant force for digital comics, is convenient, and has a nice enough app, it does have some flaws. For one, comic companies and creators seem to have rushed into handing things over to a digital near-monopoly after years … Read more